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AJYCP questions NGT order on Lower Subansiri project

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Aug 4 - Protesting against the Union government and NHPC�s move to resume work on 2.000 MW Lower Subansiri Hydro Electric Project (LSHEP), the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) has questioned the role of the National Green Tribunal for virtually paving the way for the mega dam by dismissing a petition that sought reconstitution of an expert committee to study the project.

The youth body, which has been protesting against the construction of mega dams due to environmental concerns and downstream impact, has alleged that the Union government is adopting all possible measures to ensure completion of the dam without caring for the people living in the downstream areas, which can never be acceptable to them.

Announcing a series of protest activities, the central committee of the organisation mentioned that the protest will grow stronger till all the concerns of the people of Assam are addressed.

On August 5, the AJYCP activists would stage three-hour protest demonstrations at Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Biswanath and Majuli. From August 10, a 100-hour blockade would be staged in Gerukamukh to prevent the transportation of materials to the project site followed by formation of a human chain in the month of September. The Parishad staged demonstrations and road blockade in Lakhimpur and Dhemaji on Saturday.

�The Union government has breached the trust of the organisations protesting against mega dams. We were assured that any decision on this matter would be taken after addressing all the environmental concerns and taking the protesting organisations into confidence. We are also disappointed by the decision of the NGT. We have all the reasons to believe that the recent developments on the projects have been greatly influenced by the Centre,� AJYCP general secretary Palash Changmai said.

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AJYCP questions NGT order on Lower Subansiri project

GUWAHATI, Aug 4 - Protesting against the Union government and NHPC�s move to resume work on 2.000 MW Lower Subansiri Hydro Electric Project (LSHEP), the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) has questioned the role of the National Green Tribunal for virtually paving the way for the mega dam by dismissing a petition that sought reconstitution of an expert committee to study the project.

The youth body, which has been protesting against the construction of mega dams due to environmental concerns and downstream impact, has alleged that the Union government is adopting all possible measures to ensure completion of the dam without caring for the people living in the downstream areas, which can never be acceptable to them.

Announcing a series of protest activities, the central committee of the organisation mentioned that the protest will grow stronger till all the concerns of the people of Assam are addressed.

On August 5, the AJYCP activists would stage three-hour protest demonstrations at Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Biswanath and Majuli. From August 10, a 100-hour blockade would be staged in Gerukamukh to prevent the transportation of materials to the project site followed by formation of a human chain in the month of September. The Parishad staged demonstrations and road blockade in Lakhimpur and Dhemaji on Saturday.

�The Union government has breached the trust of the organisations protesting against mega dams. We were assured that any decision on this matter would be taken after addressing all the environmental concerns and taking the protesting organisations into confidence. We are also disappointed by the decision of the NGT. We have all the reasons to believe that the recent developments on the projects have been greatly influenced by the Centre,� AJYCP general secretary Palash Changmai said.

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