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Campaign in Assam against mega dams in AP
Published on 27 Jan. 2010 11:57 PM IST
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A campaign is slowly building up in Assam against the construction of large dams on rivers in Arunachal Pradesh, with experts as well as intellectuals fearing that these dams will have serious implications in the Brahmaputra valley. According to a report in Indian express, environmentalists, researchers and intellectuals, who met here over the past two days over the issue of mega dams in the Northeast, said while the construction of large dams in the highly seismic region could lead to major disasters in the event of high-magnitude earthquakes, experts also said such dams would adversely affect the identity of indigenous communities. The consultation was organised by the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP). Former vice-chancellor of Gauhati University Amarjyoti Choudhury said since civilisations were always river-centric, the mega dams would destroy the identity of indigenous communities whose lives revolve around these rivers. Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister said any delay in execution of power projects in the state by power developers would not be tolerated. Addressing the second review meeting with various power developers here this morning, Khandu said, “we may give the project to other developers and in the same time not allow the developers to give their projects to other at their own if the time frame is not maintained.” The Chief Minister asked them to expedite the official procedure in getting clearances of the projects and said the state government has adopted a single window policy. He further assured all necessary security to the power developers in the state provided they write to the state government. Stressing on the job opportunity for indigenous people in these projects, the Chief Minister said if the developers take proper care of the affected people there would be no problem from the same. While advocating for spot verification of phases of development of power projects by the concerned deputy commissioners and power officials in the district, Khandu suggested for joint transmission line by the private developers and central public sector undertakings (CPSUs).

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