SUBPGRC reiterates demand for fresh MoUs on hydro projects

ITANAGAR, Oct 24:  The Subansiri Upper Basin Project Grievances and Redressal Committee (SUBPGRC) in its IVth consultative meeting on mega dam in Subansiri Upper Basin unanimously urged the state Govt to scrap the MoU signed between the state government and the power developers and insisted that fresh MoU be signed with prior consent of the people.

Meeting was held particularly to elicit opinion of the people of Upper Subansiri district who are residing in the capital complex on construction of dam on Oct 23 at Naharlagun. The meeting further decided to fight   for its demand for scrapping existing MoUs signed for dam construction and organize an open debate on mega dam at Daporijo  in collaboration with students union and likeminded NGOs.

Addressing the meeting, Committee president T G Baki squarely blamed the state Govt for signing large number of MoUs for hydro project without prior consent of the people.  He said, hasty signing of MOUs without having debate and discussion with the people revealed the dictatorial attitude of the authorities. “If the Govt really thinks of a positive development, one or two projects could have been taken up on experimental basis,” he added.

SUBPRGC convenor Ajit Nacho said,   most of the villages located near the river sides would be compelled to vacate their area. On the other hand there is no enough and suitable land for resettlement of the displaced people, he said while terming the Govt initiatives for construction of large number of dam as anti-people and anti development.

Indiscriminate and hasty signing of MoU for hydro projects in Subansiri Upper basin implies foul play, said former minister Nyato Rigia. Immediate gain from the hydro power cannot solve all the problems of the dam affected people in future, he said and called for consensus opinion on dam.

Participating in the meeting, People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) general secretary Dr Ashan Riddi said earning money and securing clerical job by mortgaging the life of future generation is not a development. Did the power developers feel the necessity of consulting local people before they took decision to construct dams on land of the local people, he asked.

All Tagin Students Union vice president Raju Maling said that the union will stand against construction of mega dam in their land which may bring catastrophe for future generation. Former ZPM and SUBPGRC coordinator Pongpo Mra also spoke on the occasion.

Source: The Arunachal Times