GUWAHATI, Jan 7 � The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today asked the State Government to postpone the work of the Lower Subansiri Hydro Electricity Project till the experts chalk out a scientific plan to protect the interest of the State.
Referring to the Arunachal Pradesh Government's decision to suspend the project in 2005, the students' body said that if the neighbouring State can take this decision in the interest of its people, the Government of Assam could also do the same.
In a statement to the media, the AASU president Shankar Prasad Roy said that on January 22, 2005 after a meeting with the NHPC officials, the then Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh took the decision of suspending the construction work at Lower Subansiri HE project.
�The Arunachal government took this stand for protecting the interest of its people. The present stand of the neighbouring State over the issue might be a result of negotiations in favour of the people of Arunachal,� the statement said.
The AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya also asked the State government to take a stand in favour of the people of Assam and suspend the work till the national and international experts finalize a scientific plan to protect the interest of the people of Assam.
In another statement, the students' body and 26 organizations representing ethnic communities expressed the hopes that the discussion between ethnic bodies and State government would help in solving the problem of big-dams including the Lower Subansiri HE project.
The AASU said that the ethnic bodies also want a permanent and scientific solution of this problem.