Guwahati: The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) predestined the clearance of the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) to the 1,760- MW Lower Demwe Hydroelectric Power Project on the Lohit River overlooks the protests from the people and the Government of Assam. The MoEF accorded wildlife-related clearance to the project.
In a statement, KMSS president Raju Bora and general secretary Akhil Gogoi said this act of the MoEF has once more proved the lack of eagerness of the Central Government towards the welfare of the people of Assam and also the vulnerability of the Assam Government.
The Ministry has failed to point out the concerns expressed by the people and Government of the State on the matter, said the KMSS leaders.
Union Environment and Forest Minister Jayanti Natarajan has by this act of approving the Lower Demwe Project, damned the noted environmentalist Dr Asad Rehmani of the Bombay Natural History Society, who purposed to the project observing that it would be devastating for Assam.
In his report, Dr Rehmani has quoted the possibility of huge damage to ecology in the downstream areas of the project. His view that currently the project should be shelved was supported by the other non-official members of the Standing Committee of the National Board of Wildlife which met on Dec 13 last. The report of Dr Rehmani recommended formation of an independent association of scientists to review the project.