NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Dec 21 � The blockade by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti and several other organisations opposing the construction of the mega dam over Subansiri river in Gerukamukh against the National Hydro-electrical Power Corporation entered the seventh day today, resulting in the complete halt of construction work at the dam site.
The blockade began on December 16 on the outskirts of North Lakhimpur and was aimed at blocking transportation of machinery and other construction materials bound for Gerukamukh. According to NHPC sources in Gerukamukh, works on various constructions on the dam site have been hampered following the non-availability of the materials and it has completely halted since yesterday.
Though the blockade is aimed at only construction and other logistic materials of the NHPC and other essential commodities have been exempted, there have been unconfirmed reports of fuel shortage and food crisis in the Gerukamukh area.
Yesterday the Lakhimpur Deputy Commissioner Dr Anwaruddin Chawdhury held talks with KMSS, TMPK, AJYCP and other organisations about the problems related to the blockade. However, the outcome of the discussion remained inconclusive.
It may be recalled that the anti-dam groups are camping in North Lakhimpur Govt HS School field to keep an eye on the turbine stationed since December 1 when it was halted by the KMSS-led protesters.