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Rs100cr fund for dam inputs

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By Staff Reporter
  • Published 4.12.10

Guwahati, Dec. 3: Dispur has decided to create a corpus fund of Rs 100 crore in order to incorporate the suggestions made by the expert committee on mega dams on the downstream impact.

The government’s spokesman Himanta Biswa Sarma said this today while adding that the government would place a supplementary budget for the creation of the corpus before the Assembly during its forthcoming special session in January next year.

The special finance wing of the Assam government would handle the corpus, the minister said, adding that further contributions will be made in subsequent years.

“The stand of our government is very clear on mega dams. We are not going to build dams if it affects the interest of the people of Assam. We know that downstream areas of Subansiri dams wou-ld not be affected. However, si-nce the expert committee has expressed its apprehensions, we decided to implement those suggestions,” he said.

The proposed corpus will also cover the project-affected areas of Ronganadi apart from the Subansiri project.

Sarma said the expert committee made suggestions to increase the green cover of the areas located downstream, improve road and infrastructure, and increase the height of the embankments. “Now, there is time for it as we are waiting for the report of multi-disciplinary committee on the dams. However, we have decided to create the corpus so that we can start the work on temporary measures like construction of roads and creation of infrastructure,” he said.

The official added that permanent work like increasing embankment height would be taken up after the report of the multi-disciplinary committee on dams was released.

The minister said they would take up the demand for creation of some additional sub-divisions in the state in the forthcoming session of the Assembly.