NORTH LAKHIMPUR, March 11 - A massive stir opposing the construction of the hydroelectric dam over River Subansiri was launched on Thursday by a number of student organisations at Gogamukh, 35 km from here, along the border of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts.
The stir was spearheaded by Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) and supported by a number of student organisations representing various ethnic groups as well as a student group from the neighbouring State of Arunachal Pradesh.
A large rally was held at the campus of the Gogamukh Town High School where the speakers opposed the construction of the dam over Subansiri and criticised the Central Government and the local MP for not delivering what they had promised during campaigning in the last Lok Sabha polls.
Stating the objective of the meeting, AJYCP secretary Rana Pratap Baruah said that the anti-dam movement was not new in Assam and vowed to renew it with vigour as earlier efforts and discussions over the issue had ended inconclusively. He called for a final movement against the construction of the dam and criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and local MP and Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal over the issue.
The president of the Student Organisation of Arunachal, Bini Taping, in his speech, said that Assam and Arunachal Pradesh should fight together against the construction of mega dams. Takam Mising Porin Kebang (TMPK) secretary Padmalochan Doley also criticised local MP Sarbananda Sonowal for not opposing the dam project over Subansiri.
Noted environmentalist Keshav Krishna Chatradhara said rivers sustain human civilisation and asked everyone to join the movement as dams would destroy humanity by killing rivers.
The president of All Deori Students� Union, Bhaskar Deori, AASAA president John Tirkey, ATASU joint secretary Dulal Baruah and several other student leaders attended the rally. The meeting of the rally was chaired by Biraj Kumar Talukdar, AJYCP president.