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Dams will help to control floods : Singh

Shillong, Oct 3(Correspondent)
Published on 3 Oct. 2012 10:44 PM IST
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Arunachal Pradesh Governor, General (Retd) JJ Singh on Wednesday said that construction of dams in the region would help to control and regulate the perennial problem of floods in the low-lying areas of Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.

“We should look for a long term solution to the problem of floods in the region. I am of the opinion to regulate and control floods by measures of construction of dams,” General Singh told journalists. He, however, said that construction of dams should be done only after a thorough survey and analysis of its safety.

Anti dam activists in the region especially Assam have been opposing the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power (LSHP) project in Arunachal Pradesh.Allaying fears of the NGOs in Assam, General Singh asked if construction of dams in places like Arunachal Pradesh and Assam would help in some cases or not due to floods.

Asked if the Centre should treat floods as national problem, General Singh said, flood was an important matter for the Centre and states in the Northeast to address and agencies working for development of Northeastern region like the NEC and DoNER should also take the lead in finding permanent solution.

 “The North Eastern Council and the Union ministry for the Development of the Northeastern Region (DONER) should take the lead in finding a permanent answer to the problem,” he said.

Meanwhile, on the reports of China to divert waters from the Yarlung Tsangpo in China and Tibet (called the Brahmaputra in India), he said such reports must be corroborated by facts on the ground.

 “There should not be any speculative reporting because such run of the river projects are also being carried out in Kashmir,” General (Retd) Singh said.

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