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Subansiri hydel project: Ensure dam safety first, Gogoi tells Modi

Construction work of the project is suspended since December 2011 following protest by various groups. (Source: AP) Construction work of the project is suspended since December 2011 following protest by various groups. (Source: AP)
Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Posted: July 7, 2014 8:24 pm

Two days after Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal put a hold on resuming work on the 2000-MW Lower Subansiri Hydro-Electric Power Project (LSHEP), Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to first resolve all dam safety concerns so that the project did not have any adverse effect on the state.

“All dams safety concerns, including environmental and downstream issues (of Lower Subansiri) have to be resolved with the consent of and to the satisfaction of all the stakeholders so that it cannot and does not have any adverse effects on the people and the state of Assam,” Gogoi told Modi when he called on the Prime Minister in New Delhi on Monday.

Construction work of the 2000-MW Lower Subansiri Hydro-Electric Power Project (LSHEP) is suspended since December 2011 following strong protest by various groups, organisations and political parties in Assam. Last week several groups, including the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) announced fresh protests after Union power minister Goyal announced that work on LSHEP project would resume within a week. It was only with the intervention of the Assam unit of BJP that two days later Goyal said work would not continue until fears were allayed.

Treat Bangla influx as “national” issue:

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider the problem of illegal migration from Bangladesh as a “national” issue and said he expected the new BJP-led regime at the Centre to tackle it firmly and with decisive steps.

“We are of the view that the issue of illegal migration is a national issue which needs to be tackled with full commitment on part of the government, both at the Centre and state levels. I look forward to firm and decisive steps to tackle this issue. My government will extend full assistance and cooperation in whatever needs to be done to tackle the problem of illegal migration into Assam,” Gogoi said.

He also told Modi that the international borders along the Northeastern region be properly managed with adequate security, intelligence and other agencies that would properly regulate the movement of persons and goods so as to prevent illegal trade and migration from across the border.

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