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AASU for discussion among experts

By STAFF Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 20 � The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today demanded expert-to-expert discussion on the 2000-MW Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project (LSHEP), involving experts of the State, other parts of the country and also from abroad.

On the issue of all the hydel projects proposed in Arunachal Pradesh, it called for tripartite discussions involving the Central Government, the State Government and the agitating groups.

On the issue of asserting first users rights over the international rivers to check Chinese bid to dam the Himalayan rivers, they said the Indian Government should boldly take up the issue with its Chinese counterpart. The Chinese bid can also be thwarted by setting up micro-hydel projects on the Indian parts of those rivers, they asserted.

Interacting with mediapersons at their Uzanbazar Swahid Bhawan headquarters here this afternoon, AASU president Shankar Prasad Roy, general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi and advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya said that the expert-to-expert discussion should be held in the city in presence of representatives of the Governments at the Centre and in the State within 100 days, or within a stipulated time-frame.

The decision of this meeting should be binding on the Governments, they demanded.

Further, they said the tripartite discussion should cover the issues concerning the cumulative impact studies of the LSHEP and the other 168 hydel projects proposed to be set up in Arunachal Pradesh, rights of Assam over the inter-state rivers flowing through it, the amount of free power being allocated to Assam from these projects and the flood and erosion problems of Assam, among others.

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AASU for discussion among experts

GUWAHATI, Nov 20 � The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today demanded expert-to-expert discussion on the 2000-MW Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project (LSHEP), involving experts of the State, other parts of the country and also from abroad.

On the issue of all the hydel projects proposed in Arunachal Pradesh, it called for tripartite discussions involving the Central Government, the State Government and the agitating groups.

On the issue of asserting first users rights over the international rivers to check Chinese bid to dam the Himalayan rivers, they said the Indian Government should boldly take up the issue with its Chinese counterpart. The Chinese bid can also be thwarted by setting up micro-hydel projects on the Indian parts of those rivers, they asserted.

Interacting with mediapersons at their Uzanbazar Swahid Bhawan headquarters here this afternoon, AASU president Shankar Prasad Roy, general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi and advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya said that the expert-to-expert discussion should be held in the city in presence of representatives of the Governments at the Centre and in the State within 100 days, or within a stipulated time-frame.

The decision of this meeting should be binding on the Governments, they demanded.

Further, they said the tripartite discussion should cover the issues concerning the cumulative impact studies of the LSHEP and the other 168 hydel projects proposed to be set up in Arunachal Pradesh, rights of Assam over the inter-state rivers flowing through it, the amount of free power being allocated to Assam from these projects and the flood and erosion problems of Assam, among others.

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