DHEMAJI, Aug 23: Activists of Dhemaji District Committee of Asom Jatiyotabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) on Thursday staged a protest against National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd (NHPC) demanding closure of 2000 MW Lower Subansiri Hydropower Project at Gerukhamukh.
The protesters blocked National Highway-15 at Gogamukh Charali portion in Dhemaji district and burnt effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and the power company. 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 Lower Subansiri Projects and other power projects in Arunachal Pradesh.
Leaders of the organisation alleged that the NHPC during their tripartite talk with Centre and state governments assured them to suspend construction works of the project until the expert committee assesses the probable downstream impact and formulate an effective mitigation policy. But, the NHPC authority continued with construction concealing the facts to the protesters.
The leaders have cautioned the government not to play cats and mouse game with the sentiments of the people of Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Majuli and Jorhat districts and demanded immediate scrapping of the mega dam projects in Arunachal rivers.
Referring present disaster in Kerala, the protesters say that the water released by the mega dam constructed in Arunachal rivers will create deluge in downstream Assam and it would cause to ecological catastrophe in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Majuli and Jorhat districts.
Earlier too, AJYCP with support of various students unions and community organisations staged protest against the Lower Subansiri project, which was ignored by the authorities in the pretext of talk with the protesting organization.
As per report, AJYCP staged similar protest in Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Majuli districts against execution of mega dam projects in Arunachal river to invite disaster in downstream Assam.