22 Assam organizations to protest NHPC project from September 20



More than 22 Assam organizations have threatened to launch a joint movement against the 2,000 MW mega hydropower project set up by the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) along the Arunachal Pradesh-Assam border in from September 20.

Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) leader Palash Changmai said on Monday that more than 22 organizations had decided to launch a series of protests, including the blocking of the project site, against the NHPC.

The AJYCP, an anti-Bharatiya Janata Party organization, held a public meeting on Saturday where various experts, including geologists and hydrologists, highlighted a threat to areas downstream of the Subansiri River. The AJYCP chief said work on the project had resumed without consulting 965 villages in four districts downstream from the hydropower project.

These districts in eastern Assam, adjacent to Arunachal Pradesh, include Biswanath, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, and Majuli. The 22 organizations, which oppose the mega power plant, include the influential All Assam Students ‘Union and All Assam Adivasi Students’ Association whose leaders attended Saturday’s meeting.

Commissioning of the 2,000 MW (8 × 250 MW) Subansiri lower hydropower project at Gerukamukh began in 2006, but work was halted in 2011 due to unrest fearing ecological damage and loss of livelihoods. .

Construction of the Rs 20,000 crore power project resumed over a year ago during the Covid-19-induced lockdown. Due to the delay in completion, the NHPC suffered enormous losses.


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