DIBRUGARH, Aug 31 - The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) today demanded the State Government to take immediate steps to stop all the proposed and under-construction mega dam projects and further sought de-commissioning of the existing big dams in China, Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland etc.
The district unit of the peasants� organisation which staged a two-hour demonstration near Chowkidinghee intersection, also demanded that flood and erosion in the State be recognised as a national problem. In a memorandum which was later routed to the Chief Minister through the district administration, the peasants� organisation said that Ranganadi Hydro Electric Project, Kurishu Hydro Power Plant in Bhutan, Karbi Langpi Hydro Project and Kopili Hydro Electric Project etc. have caused enormous destruction of property, besides devastating lives of people, wildlife, agriculture and vegetation over the years. These small dams ranging from 60 MW to 200 MW have time and again crippled the social economic life of the State and therefore need total closure, the KMSS memorandum read.
Other demands of the KMSS include paying adequate compensation to all the flood-affected families and cumulative impact study of the proposed projects in the Brahmaputra and its tributaries in Arunachal Pradesh.