The Lohit valley where the Demwe project will come up

Guwahati: The National Green Tribunal has suspended the forest clearance of the 1,750MW Demwe hydel project in Arunachal Pradesh.

In 2012, then Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan overruled the views of the expert members of the NBWL standing committee and granted it wildlife clearance.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone, Chennai) in the matter of Bimal Gogoi && Others Vs State of Arunachal Pradesh & Others dated 24/10/2017 regarding Stage I Forest Clearance and Stage II Forest Clearance granted by the MoEF & CC for Demwe Lower Hydroelectric Project (1750 MW) in Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh which would lead to diversion of 1415.92 ha (1408.30 ha surface land + 7.62 ha underground land) of forest land.

The Eastern Zone bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday asked the Union ministry of environment and forests to constitute a threemember expert committee to review the Lower Subansiri

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Aabhijeet Sharma Vs Union of India & Others dated 16/10/2017 regarding the proposed Subansiri Lower Hydro Electric Project (SLHEP) located at the Assam Arunachal border with a 116 m high dam to generate 2000 mw of power has given rise to an ominous situation that threatens the ecology of lower Subansiri river along with the likelihood of disruption of the lifestyle and lives of riparian people.

Power Ministers from the northeastern states on Wednesday called for development of power projects for the overall socio-economic development of the region.

Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu also said that people in his state often fall prey to misinformation and thus carry a lot of negative notions about large dams.

Compensatory afforestation is a dubious and controversial environmental “offset” that is adding to environmental damage instead of mitigating or compensating it. Compensatory afforestation may actually be accelerating the invasion of India’s forests by big corporations, in collusion with a permissive state, by legitimising the destruction of forests, greenwashing the land grabs, and encroaching on common property resources and community-held lands.

After showing signs of improvement in the past one week, flood situation in Assam worsened on Sunday because of heavy rain in Arunachal Pradesh.

Flood situation continued to remain grim in several Arunachal districts with reports of disruption of surface communication pouring in from various parts of the State.

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