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Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti vows to foil Demwe Lower hydel project

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 8 � Voluntary organisation Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) recently announced its resolve to frustrate the 1750-MW Demwe Lower Hydel Project on the Lohit river in Arunachal Pradesh.

In a statement here, the voluntary organisation said that the Central Government granted environment clearance to the mega hydel project without a detailed downstream impact assessment and public consultation in Assam. Instead the Union Government has asked for a post-clearance downstream impact study, which is also restricted only to the point where the Lohit river meets the Noa-Dihing river.

The voluntary organisation has questioned this type of shoddy environmental decision-making by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and its Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) on River Valley Projects.

It said in its statement that it would not accept this kind of farcical governance. The members of the MoEF expert committee seemed to be merely acting as �yes men� of the project implementing agencies. They are not at all concerned with the important issues raised by the Ministry itself, said the voluntary organisation announcing its resolve that it would not allow the Government to un-democratically thrust mega dams on the people of the Brahmaputra floodplains.

It also reminded the Central Government that the latter had not learnt anything from the experiences in the 2000-MW Lower Subansiri Hydel Project, which is currently embroiled in major downstream impact-related conflicts.

It has also criticised the indifference shown by the Assam Government on the issue despite its notice being drawn to the fact that there were efforts at constructing the 1750-MW hydel project on the Lohit river.

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Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti vows to foil Demwe Lower hydel project

GUWAHATI, March 8 � Voluntary organisation Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) recently announced its resolve to frustrate the 1750-MW Demwe Lower Hydel Project on the Lohit river in Arunachal Pradesh.

In a statement here, the voluntary organisation said that the Central Government granted environment clearance to the mega hydel project without a detailed downstream impact assessment and public consultation in Assam. Instead the Union Government has asked for a post-clearance downstream impact study, which is also restricted only to the point where the Lohit river meets the Noa-Dihing river.

The voluntary organisation has questioned this type of shoddy environmental decision-making by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and its Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) on River Valley Projects.

It said in its statement that it would not accept this kind of farcical governance. The members of the MoEF expert committee seemed to be merely acting as �yes men� of the project implementing agencies. They are not at all concerned with the important issues raised by the Ministry itself, said the voluntary organisation announcing its resolve that it would not allow the Government to un-democratically thrust mega dams on the people of the Brahmaputra floodplains.

It also reminded the Central Government that the latter had not learnt anything from the experiences in the 2000-MW Lower Subansiri Hydel Project, which is currently embroiled in major downstream impact-related conflicts.

It has also criticised the indifference shown by the Assam Government on the issue despite its notice being drawn to the fact that there were efforts at constructing the 1750-MW hydel project on the Lohit river.