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AGP steps up protest against mega dams

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 27 � Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) district committees today took out processions and sent memorandums to the Prime Minister of the country through their respective Deputy Commissioners (DCs) opposing the bids to set up mega hydel power projects in the NE region.

In their memorandums, the AGP district committees have also pleaded for reviewing the existing mega hydel power projects of the region.

They said that the recurring devastations taking place in the downstream areas of the existing dams provide the people enough indications about the future consequences of such big dam projects.

In the recent years, a large number of mega-dam hydel power projects proposed in Arunachal Pradesh has reportedly been cleared without making any downstream impact assessment and without obtaining opinion of the downstream population, said the party's district committees in their memorandums.

The latest mega-dam-related tragedy in China, along with the devastation caused by the Bhutanese dams in the downstream areas of Assam, should open the eyes of the authorities in India on the issue, said the party district committees in their memorandums.

They also echoed the popular apprehensions that the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project (LSHEP) would cause devastation in the downstream areas of the river and even wash away the world famous river island Majuli.

They referred to the eight-member expert group's recommendation on the LSHEP for not taking up any mega dam power project in close proximity of the foothill thrust, among others.

Poll strategy: The election committee of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) in its meeting held here yesterday under the presidentship of party president Chandra Mohan Patowary, opted for adopting all sorts of political tactics for pulling down the Congress-led Government in the State in the 2011 elections.

The party has also made an appeal to its aspirant members to collect the application forms for party tickets for the next Assembly elections from the party headquarters by November 4 next. The forms should be submitted to the party headquarters between November 21 and 25, said a party press release.

The party claimed that with this appeal it has initiated the process of its election-related preparations.

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