TINSUKIA, June 1 � A day-long seminar on the effects of big river dams was jointly arranged by several organisations namely, All Assam Students� Union, Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad, All Assam Moran Students� Union (AAMSU), All Asom Mottock Yuba Chatra Sanmilan, Asom Chatra Yuba Sangathan, Assam Tea Tribe Students� Union, All Assam Chutia Students� Union, All Tai Ahom Students� Union and All Assam Sonowal Kachari Students� Union at the Golap Chandra Rabi Chandra Natya Mandir here on Saturday.
The seminar was addressed by noted environmentalists Niraj Waghlekar from Pune, Maharashtra, Girin Chetia from Jorhat and Keshab Krishna Chotrodhora from Gogamukh. The speakers detailed the dangers of big river dams with special reference to those being built in Arunachal Pradesh. They also pointed out the various dangers posed by these big river dams coming up on the high altitudes of Arunachal Pradesh, which would not only damage the environment but also affect the normal life of the people in the downstream areas. The speakers warned against the havoc that would be unleashed by these dams in the event of any natural calamity or other defects on the people living in the downstream areas by citing previous cases.
The organisers of the seminar resolved that they would make joint efforts to stop the construction of these dams. For this purpose, they would also approach all the newly-elected MPs of the region.