GUWAHATI, Feb 16 � The Group of Ministers (GoM) formed by the State Government to examine the issues relating to construction of mega dams is likely to place its report before the Chief Minister by the end of this month. This was disclosed by Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi after the meeting with officials of the NHPC here today.
Talking to The Assam Tribune after the meeting, Bordoloi said that the GoM had more than a two-hour long meeting with a team of NHPC officials headed by the Chairman-cum Managing Director of the corporation and several issues relating to the construction of the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project (LSHEP) were discussed in detail.
The Minister said that the NHPC officials gave a power point presentation and replied to the issues raised by the expert committee on the safety of the project and downstream impact. He said that the NHPC officials also replied to the apprehensions expressed by different organisations in this regard during their meeting with the GoM. The NHPC is not against the idea of reviewing certain aspects to increase the flow of water of the river during the lean season, he added. Assam also demanded a bigger share of power from the project.
The GoM requested the NHPC officials to ensure proper dissemination of information on the project to remove apprehensions in the minds of the people.
Bordoloi said that the GoM already had discussions with different organisations on the issue and �we are planning to submit our report by the end of this month.
Meanwhile, NHPC officials in their discussion with the State's Group of Ministers (GoM) on the dam projects, stuck to their stand of bringing in any structural change in the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project (LSHEP) only if the Thatte-Reddy Committee suggested such changes. The Thatte-Reddy Committee is appointed by the Central Government for studying the LSHEP.
Head of the LSHE Project Omprakash told this newspaper this afternoon that their discussion today with the GoM was very cordial. They explained the points raised by the State's experts and the anti-mega dam agitators to the GoM members. Omprakash further said that they had requested the GoM to expedite the report of the Thatte-Reddy Committee. Decisions on the changes, etc., to be brought in the design of the project would be taken only after receiving the report of the Thatte-Reddy Committee, he said.