NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Feb 8 � The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti and its associate organisations spearheading the anti-dam movement in the State have urged the Group of Ministers to demand a complete halt to dam construction works over Subansiri river at Gerukamukh for two years at their proposed talks with the National Hydro-electric Power Corporation on Februaray 10.
This was stated by KMSS general secretary Akhil Gogoi at a press meet today at Ghagar Nagar, 30 km east North Lakhimpur, where they have been staging a blockade against movement of construction goods to NHPC�s dam site at Gerukamukh.
The anti-dam movement leader said that the GoM, formed by the Assam Government to oversee the entire issue of construction of mega dams, should keep in mind the safety and security of the people of the State living in the downstream areas of the dam and should ask the NHPC to halt completely the construction works of the Gerukamukh dam till submission of the report on cumulative downstream impact.
He warned the government that the KMSS and its associate organisations would stage a mammoth public rally and start a major agitation programme from February 18 onwards if the GoM does not take up before NHPC the issue of existential threat to Assamese people and their culture paused by the Gerukamukh dam over Subansiri river.
However, work at NHPC�s Gerukamukh dam has been suspended since December last year following blockades by KMSS and other organisations and a large exodus of workers, transporters and other allied logistics from the dam site has continued as a result of this.