The BJP-led Assam government today faced its first protest when several thousand farmers across the state gathered under the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) banner here to oppose the construction of big dams in the Northeast.
Four experts from Assam, who were a part of the eight-member project oversight committee for the Lower Subansiri hydel project, are against resumption of work on the stalled dam in their final report, citing several seismological and geological reasons.
The NHPC is working against time to carry out maintenance and repair at the stalled Lower Subansiri hydroelectric project, but frequent problems created by pressure groups has hampered work, according to officials.
The appointment of K.M. Singh as chairman-cum-managing director at NHPC after five years is expected to streamline activities of the power hydel utility in the Northeast, which till now is facing an uphill task.
The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti today reiterated its demand to scrap the stalled 2,000MW Lower Subansiri hydroelectric project on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border in view of the devastating earthquake in Nepal.