GUWAHATI, Jan 10 � The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) today sought a clarification from Bharatiya Janata Party leader SS Ahluwalia as to how the mega dam hydel projects proposed to be built in Arunachal Pradesh are going to irrigate the farmland and how they are going to solve the problems of flood and irrigation in the State.
Of the proposed 168 mega dam hydel projects in Arunachal Pradesh, only one will be a multi-purpose project, while the rest will be simply power generating hydel projects, KMSS said.
An overwhelmingly majority of these projects will have no flood moderation capacity. The Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project (LSHEP) will have negligible flood moderation capacity, it claimed quoting the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), which is executing the LSHEP.
Across the globe, research works have proved that mega dam projects have been aggravating the problem of flood.
The Union Environment and Forest Ministry, in its affidavit before the Supreme Court on December 5, 2014 in connection with the Civil Appeal 6736 of 2013, attributed the 2013 Uttarakhand catastrophe, which killed around 4,000 people and devastated a vast area, to the hydel projects built over the Ganga and its tributaries, it said.
Because of this reason the demolition of the 24 hydel projects built on the Ganga is under consideration now.
The 168 projects proposed in Arunachal Pradesh may wreak more havoc for the people of Assam, said the KMSS.