GUWAHATI, Feb 6 � The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) today demanded scrapping of all mega dam hydel projects coming up in the NE region taking the cue from Sikkim.
In a statement here, the KMSS said that the Sikkim government has ordered scrapping of the 96-MW Lethang and 99-MW Ting Ting hydel projects proposed on the Rethong Chu River. The Sikkim government has also ordered a fresh study of the underconstruction 97-MW Tashiding project on the river. These decisions of the Sikkim government came in the wake of the popular protests against these projects.
The people of Sikkim, and particularly some Buddhist organisations, objected to the above projects alleging that their religious and cultural links with the Rethong Chu River would be affected by the projects. The Minority Commission of that State has also extended support to the protesting organisations.
The KMSS has said that taking the cue from the Sikkim government, the Assam government should also go for scrapping the projects. The Assam government should prevail upon the Arunachal Pradesh government on the issue of the religious and cultural link of the State�s people with the holy Parasuram Kunda, which is facing the threat of being damaged by the Demwe Lower Project on the Lohit River, the KMSS said.