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GUWAHATI, Jan 7 � The growing apprehension about the downstream impact of the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project is the result of miscommunication and could only be allayed through dialogue among NHPC, Assam Government and the agitators in an amicable manner.

This was stated by SN Brohmo Choudhury, adviser, North East (Planning Commission) while talking to mediapersons at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport before leaving for New Delhi today.

Brohmo was also of the opinion that the Government of Arunachal Pradesh should also involve itself in a dialogue with the Government of Assam, NHPC and the agitators.

�Now that the talks have begun, we hope that the misconceptions would be dispelled soon and people will be convinced that the construction would benefit the region and go a long way in meeting the power demand of North East including Assam,� he pointed out.

When asked, he said that if necessary, the Planning Commission is ready to intervene.

Brohmo and Saumitra Choudhury, member, Planning Commission ended their three-day visit to Arunachal Prade-sh today. They visited Arunachal Pradesh to assess the foodgrain supply system, which was virtually crippled following the PDS scam (being investigated by CBI) in the neighbouring State.

Brohmo and Choudhury are two of the four-member committee set up by the Prime Minister to assess the foodgrain supply in Arunchal Pradesh, besides the existing status of Prime Minister's package like the Trans Arunachal Highway. The other two members are the executive director of Food Corporation of India (NE) and the Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh.

�As per our estimate, there exist a huge backlog of foodgrains supply and pending bills since 2007 amounting to approximately Rs 100 crore. Steps to streamline the foodgrain supply would be taken soon,� Choudhury said.

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Communication gap to blame for dam stir

GUWAHATI, Jan 7 � The growing apprehension about the downstream impact of the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project is the result of miscommunication and could only be allayed through dialogue among NHPC, Assam Government and the agitators in an amicable manner.

This was stated by SN Brohmo Choudhury, adviser, North East (Planning Commission) while talking to mediapersons at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport before leaving for New Delhi today.

Brohmo was also of the opinion that the Government of Arunachal Pradesh should also involve itself in a dialogue with the Government of Assam, NHPC and the agitators.

�Now that the talks have begun, we hope that the misconceptions would be dispelled soon and people will be convinced that the construction would benefit the region and go a long way in meeting the power demand of North East including Assam,� he pointed out.

When asked, he said that if necessary, the Planning Commission is ready to intervene.

Brohmo and Saumitra Choudhury, member, Planning Commission ended their three-day visit to Arunachal Prade-sh today. They visited Arunachal Pradesh to assess the foodgrain supply system, which was virtually crippled following the PDS scam (being investigated by CBI) in the neighbouring State.

Brohmo and Choudhury are two of the four-member committee set up by the Prime Minister to assess the foodgrain supply in Arunchal Pradesh, besides the existing status of Prime Minister's package like the Trans Arunachal Highway. The other two members are the executive director of Food Corporation of India (NE) and the Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh.

�As per our estimate, there exist a huge backlog of foodgrains supply and pending bills since 2007 amounting to approximately Rs 100 crore. Steps to streamline the foodgrain supply would be taken soon,� Choudhury said.

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