After a day of Niti Ayog proposal for the 10,000 MW project over Siang river, at a meeting attended by Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu with his cabinet colleague on Tuesday, many organisation came forward and started opposing this proposal for setting up a dam on Siang River.
The Niti Aayog has proposed ” multipurpose river valley project” over the Siang river of Arunachal Pradesh, which will have the capacity to generate 10,000 megawatts of power.
Howeve on the meeting, Chief Minister Pema Khandu have informed Niti Ayog that the people of Arunachal carries lots of negative notions regarding large dams and stressed on spreading adequate awareness to dispel the fears. He had suggested the NITI Aayog to visit Arunachal, meet people and to understand the nature of their opposition. He had also suggested them to make aware people regarding the technical benefits of dams.
According to Ayog “ The state will benefit (from the project) through its 12 per cent free power share that comes to about Rs 2,400 crore per annum as revenue. Another Rs 200 crore per annum will be added through its 1 per cent free power share, which will be used exclusively for local area development. Besides the Rs 4,500 crore proposed for R&R package, the project will attract an investment of about Rs 80,000 crores with huge employment generation and creation of several economic opportunities.”
According to The Hindustan Times report the organisations started opposing the project, reminded the central government of prime minister Narendra Modi’s promise at a rally prior to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls in Pashighat town of the state that if voted to power, his government wouldn’t construct any mega dam opposed by locals.