The former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi stated that the dams in Arunachal Pradesh will destroy Assam with their downstream impact”. He made this statement before the media on Wednesday.
Gogoi said. “Since June, Assam has been reeling under floods. Although floodwaters have receded in most parts of the state, yet a few places are still submerged in water”.
The Congress, which had ruled the state for 15 years before the BJP was voted to power last year, too had pressed for the hydro-electric power projects. When reporters questioned about the Congress’ recent U-turn regarding dams in Arunachal Pradesh, senior state Congress leader and former power and industries minister Pradyut Bordoloi said, “We had requested the Centre to halt the construction of the dams till a proper study on downstream areas was done.
Protest against NEEPCO,
On the other hand Brihattar Asomiya Yuva Manch, an indigenous body on Wednesday demonstrated protest in Lakhimpur against NEEPCO.
Members of the Brihattar Asomiya Yuva Manch shaved their head off in protest against the Central public sector enterprise owned by the Government of India under the Ministry of Power.
it must be mentioned here that on July 10, water released from the Ranganadi hydro-electric power project of the Northeastern Electric Power Corporation (Neepco) in Arunachal Pradesh created havoc in Lakhimpur district which led to the death of several villagers and destroyed huge amount of agricultural land.
Worst part is that floods have led to large-scale human and crop loss. As per reports, a total of 84 people lost their lives during floods. A total of 13 people have died in Lakhimpur district, one of the worst hit areas.
Meanwhile the officials say Lakhimpur has been badly-affected because of the water released from the Rangannadi hydro-electric power project last month.