NORTH LAKHIMPUR, July 6 � The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti has warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister and Lakhimpur MP Sarbananda Sonowal over the Centre�s move to resume construction work of the 10,000 MW Lower Subansiri hydro-electrical power plant dam at Gerukamukh by the NHPC. This was stated by Azad Hazarika, president and Pradeep Gogoi, secretary of KMSS� Lakhimpur unit in North Lakhimpur on July 4 at a press meet in North Lakhimpur Press Club.
Speaking to the media, the KMSS leaders said that Narendra Modi used the anti-dam issue as a poll agenda during the Lok Sabha election and went on to lay the foundation stone of a run off the river hydro-electrical power plant dam in Bhutan after assuming the office of the Prime Minister ignoring the concerns of the people living in the downstream areas, namely in Assam. The KMSS also flayed Union Minister and Lakhimpur MP Sarbananda Sonowal for following the dictum of Modi on the Gerukamukh dam issue by ignoring his people who had voted for him in the recent LS polls. The KMSS leaders warned both Prime Minister Modi and Sonowal of stiff opposition in the coming days. They also criticised Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal saying that he had no idea about the rivers of Assam.
The construction of the Gerukamukh dam was stalled following agitation by KMSS and with other organisations after discussion on January 5, 2012. However, as reported, the NHPC is now readying itself to restart the construction of the Gerukamukh dam with the help of the Centre by ignoring the concerns of the people of Assam. The KMSS leaders said that they would start a massive agitation against the Gerukamukh dam if its construction work is resumed and asked the public to participate in this anti-dam movement.