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AASU Against Dibang/ Siang Projects: Seeks Study into the Impacts

Chumthang News Service,
Imphal/16 June/2015: Drawing the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the possible impacts of the 2,880 MW Dibang Multipurpose Project and the 9,600 MW Middle Siang Project in Arunachal Pradesh, the All Assam Students Union (AASU) has sought a scientific study into the possible downstream impacts of the mega projects in Assam before their execution.
“Under no circumstance, the fate of Assam can be compromised. The government cannot ignore the aspect of scientific study,” the AASU said in a letter to Modi. Copies of the letter were also sent to Union Power minister Piyush Goyal, Union Environment minister Prakash Javadekar, Water Resources minister Uma Bharti and Sports and Youth Welfare minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

Accusing the Union government of making an U-turn on mega dams in the Northeastern region, the students body recalled a speech of Modi at an election rally in Arunachal Pradesh before the last Lok Sabha elections, in which he had favoured small dams and had advocated for scientific studies.

AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath expressed surprise that the Union Environment ministry gave the green signal to the Dibang project without undertaking any scientific study. “Instead, it was said that the study will be conducted five years after completion of the project. This is unacceptable,” the AASU leadership said. The student body reiterated its demand for downstream impact study and cumulative impact studies of all the proposed dams in Arunachal Pradesh.

Source: North East Today

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