Assam Northeast

AJYCP stirs Dibrugarh with protest over construction of Subansiri mega dam

The Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) on Monday took out a rally in Dibrugarh town demanding a halt in the construction activities of the 2,000-MW Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project (SLHEP) in the Assam-Arunachal border at Gerukamukh.

The AJYCP members marched to the deputy commissioner’s office and raised slogans against the construction of the mega dam.

The AJYCP has been strongly opposing the construction of the mega dam saying that the project would be a major disaster for people living in the downstream areas.

“By keeping people in the dark, the NHPC resumed its construction activities during the lockdown period. We have been opposing its construction since the beginning as it is built in an earthquake-prone area. The NHPC is ignoring the findings of the expert committee which has warned about the potential threat from the project. In the event of a major earthquake, the whole dam can collapse. The government must immediately halt the construction process,” AJYCP Dibrugarh district president Bhaben Sonowal said.

In 2003, the Centre had given nod to the Subansiri Lower Hydro Electric Project after which construction started in 2005. The deadline for finishing the country’s largest hydro power project was set for 2014 but the project came to a grinding halt in December 2011 following widespread protests by anti-dam groups. Since then only routine maintenance work were being carried out.

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