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Experts panel for small dam in Arunachal Pradesh

An expert committee set up to study the big dams in Arunachal Pradesh prescribed construction of a small dam instead of the 2000 MW hydel dam at Lower Subansiri in Arunachal Pradesh.

This was what the panel members said as they were interacting with local people at Gogamukh after visiting the Lower Subansiri dam project at Gerukamukh. The experts were of the opinion that a small dam was feasible in the area.

They said sand structure, seismic and earthquake report allows no dam of 2000 MW capacity but have suggested a small dam. According to these experts, the dam will not contain flood as it was not a run of the river project and that the model of the mega dam for lower Subansiri had to be changed.

Notably, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has favoured big dam citing the expert panel report on effects of dams in the state.

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Arunachal Pradesh ministers are Inviting Disaster to the once peaceful state---- The ministers of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam should be whipped in public for supporting the central government plans of setting up dams in the region. The politicians of Arunachal Pradesh stand no where when it comes to the expert committee report and they have not gone through the report which shows the real impact of dams, the potential disaster is higher than potential benefits. The ministers of Arunachal Pradesh has been fooling the people of the state saying that they will get free electricity in their homes but they are not telling them that their houses will be washed away when dam waters will be released and overflow of water storage because of melting of glaciers which is swelling Himalayan rivers. The ministers will never talk about generating electricity to the homes of people by setting up solar panels and tapping of wind energy because hydro-power companies have paid them in crores as bribe. The politicians of Arunachal Pradesh should stop living in a fool’s paradise. The state doesn’t need hydro-power to become developed. Countries and states which are desert lands have shown tremendous prosperity. Take the example of resource poor countries like Singapore, Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand etc. which have developed by alternative means and not construction of dams. Arunachal Pradesh ministers and the central government which has both Congress ministries in power now should know that all the areas where dams have been built in India by displacing tribal people have become hotbeds of Naxalism and violence. The employment opportunity which they have promised is short term and the environment and ecology is destroyed forever. The ministers of Arunachal Pradesh are like the jelly fish—no brains for reasoning correctly and, no eyes (for foresight). They are like creepers which creep on the body of the central government for everything. Takam Yayi, Naharlagun District Papum Pare Arunachal Pradesh


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