North East Water Regulatory Authority (NEWRA) : Assam CM approaches PM

Chief Minister of Assam, Mr. Tarun Gogoi has recently met Prime Minister of India and requested him to expedite the formation of North East Water Regulatory Authority (NEWRA). The formation of this authority has been delayed as Arunachal Pradesh has been opposing it.

The Assam Government, facing lot of agitation against big dams in Arunachal Pradesh, had suggested to set up the North East Water Regulatory Authority (NEWRA) which will control all hydro power projects in the upper reaches of the river Brahmaputra.


Arunachal Pradesh is opposing such move and it is delaying formation of such regulatory authority. Arunachal Pradesh has potential to generate more that 55000MW hydro power and could be power house in the North East India as well as Eastern India. It says that formation of such regulatory authority wold have serious socio-economic implications for the state! Most probably, Arunachal Goverment is afraid that it would lose hold on the hydro power projects and may lose revenue.

Assam being the largest state in North East India, in terms population, it has maximum number of MPs in Loksabha and would be able to put pressure on such regulatory authority while smaller states like Arunachal Pradesh would be marginalised.

On the other hand, population of Assam faces the danger for any dam built in Arunachal Pradesh as it is on the downstream of the rivers in Arunachal Pradesh.

So, it is a difficult situation!

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