GUWAHATI, Dec 14 � Assam government today announced that there was scope for negotiation with persons and organisations opposing construction of a mega dam upstream of Brahmaputra river, reports PTI.
�The government is prepared to talk to anyone on the issue. We love our state as much as they do,� State Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi told reporters here.
Asked to comment on the strong protest by locals and organisations including All Assam Students Union (AASU) against the ongoing construction of a dam by NHPC at Gerukamukh in Lakhimpur district, he said the government will support construction of dam on scientific basis.
�Besides, there are provisions in the National Water Policy and related acts to protect the interests of people living downstream and thus there is need to worry,� Bordoloi said.
Local persons have opposed construction of the dam on Subansiri fearing adverse effect downstream of the river.