For the third time, the activists of Asom Jatiyotabadi Yuva Parishad (AJYP) staged a protest against National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd (NHPC) demanding closure of 2000 MW Subansiri Lower Hydropower Project near the Ranganodi in Lakhimpur on Monday.
They also shouted slogans against the Central and State governments for their forceful execution of the hydro projects and demanded to halt all construction works in Subansiri Lower Projects and other projects in Arunachal rivers.
The AJYP leaders alleged that the state government during their tripartite talk with central and State government assured them to suspend construction works of the Subansiri Lower projects until the expert has assessed the probable downstream impact and formulate an effective mitigation policy.
But, the NHPC authority owing go-ahead gesture of the central and state governments is continuing construction concealing the facts to the protesters.
The student leaders have cautioned the government not to play cats and mouse game with the sentiments of the people of Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Majuli and Jorhat districts and demanded immediate scrapping of the mega-dam projects in Arunachal rivers.
“It can be predicted that the mega hydro dams constructed in Arunachal rivers will create an ecological catastrophe in downstream Assam and affect geography and demography in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Majuli and Jorhat districts in the near future. We will continue our agitation in protest against such dam construction and the government will be responsible for any adverse situation for it”, said an activist.
Earlier too, AJYP with support of various student unions and community organizations of Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts staged protest against the Subansiri Lower project, which was ignored by the authorities in the pretext of talking with the protesting organization.