Anti-dam protesters serve ultimatum
LAKHIMPUR, Dec 29 – As the blockade against carriage of construction materials of NHPC continues, the group spearheading protest against Lower Subansiri hydroelectric project today threatened to launch an economic blockade if talks were not held by tomorrow, but the Assam Government rejected the demand, reports PTI.
Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) chief Akhil Gogoi, who is spearheading the anti-dam protests since December 16, served an ultimatum to the Government to hold talks by tomorrow or face an economic blockade both against Arunachal Pradesh and the National Hydro-electric Power Corporation.
NHPC is constructing the Lower Subansiri project, the biggest hydroelectric project undertaken in India so far, which is located near North Lakhimpur on the border of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi, however, said, “We will not be intimidated by anybody when it comes to national and state interest.”
“There should be a proper atmosphere for talks which cannot be held with anyone using abusive language against a duly elected Chief Minister,” Bordoloi told reporters here.