Guwahati: On Monday, over two dozen organizations in Assam launched an indefinite blockade of a national highway as part of their campaign to stop the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) from constructing a dam and a 2,000 MW project in adjoining Arunachal Pradesh.
The protest is being organized by two apex anti-dam groups. They are All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and Krishak Mukti Samaj Samity (KMSS), which are holding protests along the National Highway No 52 and stopped trucks from carrying machineries and equipment to the NHPC project site in Arunachal Pradesh.
KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi said that “We shall intensify our movement if the government does not agree to shelve the NHPC project.”
The anti-dam lobby is conflicting to the 2,000 MW Lower Subansiri Hydro Power Project in Arunachal Pradesh, alleging the big dam would have an unfavorable ecological impact in the downstream areas in adjoining Assam.
The anti-dam groups have since the past one month been off and on enactment road blockades, foremost to delay in the construction of the power project.
NHPC official said that “We have completed similar projects elsewhere in the country, and we are confident all safety measures are being taken here and there should be no apprehension as far as safety aspects are concerned.”
Among the foremost projects presently being executed in the state are the Ranganadi project, the Subansiri project and the Taloh power project.
Even with rigid opposition, the Arunachal Pradesh government is firm to continue with the construction of dams.