Guwahati: Assam’s farmer leader and anti-dam activist Akhil Gogoi has decided to start an indefinite hunger-strike here from Sunday to pressurize the state government to stop what he alleged were atrocities on anti-dam activists in Lakhimpur district.

Akhil Gogoi’s Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and several other organisations have been preventing the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) from carrying construction materials to the lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power (LSHP) project site in the district since December 26, 2011.

DIBRUGARH: The Dibrugarh district unit of AJYCP held a sit-in-demonstration here today, in support of their demand to halt construction of mega dams in the State.

Guwahati: The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), a powerful and well known farmers’ body in Assam, on Tuesday accused the Congress government in the state of taking away “space” for democratic pr

GUWAHATI/NORTH LAKHIMPUR: The anti-big dam groups like the KMSS, Asom Jatiyatabadi Tuva Chattra Parishad, All Assam Deuri Students’ Union, TMPK and others have said that they would continue their protests against the Lower Subansiri Project on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.

Addressing the reporters jointly on Sunday, the members of the agitating groups, including KMSS general secretary Akhil Gogoi said that the anti-big dam groups would continue to block the transportation of construction materials to the Lower Subansiri Project site.

The Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation, comprising 20 civil and democratic rights organisations from across India, decided to undertake a fact finding of the impact of big/mega dam projects coming up in the north-eastern states on the life and livelihood of the people. It has been reported that more than 168 memoranda of understanding/memoranda of agreement (MOA) have been signed by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh alone. (Letters)

Guwahati: Accusing the NHPC of flouting norms in the formulation and implementation of the Subansiri Hydro Electric Project, RTI activist J N Khataniar said this could lead to “serious ecological and seismic problems in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and neighbouring areas.”

Releasing details secured by means of RTI from the NHPC, the Brahmaputra Board and the Ministry for Environment and Forest, Khataniar told reporters here on Tuesday that the state sector power giant gave “misleading advertisements” in newspapers and media regarding the project.

GUWAHATI: The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS), spearheading a movement against the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project located along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, said that the time had come for the people of both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to jointly oppose the construction of big dams in the North East.

Akhil Gogoi, general secretary of the KMSS, told The Sentinel over phone today that people of Arunachal Pradesh had realized the ill effects of big dams in an ecologically fragile region like the North-East and so they should join hands with the anti-big dam protesters in Assam.

GUWAHATI: As in Assam, public resentment against mega dams is brewing in Arunachal Pradesh too. This was apparent from the incident that took place in Lower Siang district on Tuesday during the proposed public hearing on the Lower Siang Hydroelectric Project.

Before the public hearing, which was scheduled to be held in the Jeing area in Lower Siang district, started, people came out on the streets in hordes. As a mark of protest against the 2700-MW Lower Siang Hydroelectric Project, they damaged 19 vehicles.

GUWAHATI: The protest against the big dam in the State started by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS) would continue in the days to some. This was stated by the KMSS.

Secretary of the peasant body Bedanta Laskar said that the protest of the KMSS against the Lower Subansiri Project would continue till the State Government scraps it and also informed that a cycle rally was launched at the Simenmukh Sangkhum playground in Dhemaji, which would end at the Gai river in the district.

Guwahati, March 22: The report on the downstream impact of Lower Subansiri project, being prepared by a two-member technical committee constituted by the Centre, has been delayed.