KMSS for big dam protests

The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) today announced a fresh agitation against the Centre's reported move to resume work on the 2000MW Lower Subansiri hydel power project along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border despite protests by local organisations.

By SUMIR KARMAKAR in Guwahati
  • Published 15.10.17
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Guwahati, Oct. 14: The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) today announced a fresh agitation against the Centre's reported move to resume work on the 2000MW Lower Subansiri hydel power project along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border despite protests by local organisations.

The KMSS will organise a convention in Dhemaji on October 21. The work on the multi-crore project is on hold since December 2011 owing to protests.

KMSS adviser Bedanta Laskar alleged that the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) issued a tender to resume work on September 13, a day after the peasants' body leader, Akhil Gogoi, was arrested in Golaghat under the National Security Act. "The NHPC will resume work despite strong protests in Assam, especially in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Majuli, which will bear the maximum brunt of downstream impact of big dams," the statement said. An NHPC official, while refuting the KMSS's allegation, said normal protection measures are being taken.