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CPI offers conditional support to mega dams

By staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 31 � The Communist Party of India (CPI), State Chapter, today said that they are not against construction of mega dams provided they serve multi-purpose interest with components for flood and soil erosion control and generation of electricity, besides serving irrigation interest.

�Of course, the feasibility of the site would be decided by the experts but we are for mega dams. Further, it should be the experts who would decide that the existing Lower Subansiri project could be converted into a multipurpose project or not,� said Pramode Gogoi, president, CPI while talking to media persons today.

�Assam�s water resources are the highest in the country and appropriate steps need to be taken to harness it to the optimum level in the interest of the masses,� he said.

Gogoi, while vouching for suspension of the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectricity project, stated that the ideal way would be to wait for the final report of the technical committee expected to be constituted by the Prime Minister before going ahead with it.

Amid rising controversies, Prime Minister on Saturday had announced that a technical committee would be formed to study the feasibility of the Lower Subansiri project.

The CPI also urged the Centre to call an all-party meeting to discuss the issues related to mega dams.

The party will submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister on November 18 highlighting its demands.

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