Chairman-cum-managing director S.K. Garg of National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), has said that, “The construction work of the Lower Subansiri Hydro Power Project is at a very advanced stage and we hope to commission three units in March 2012 and the remaining five units by December 2012”.
His statement to press came after Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh had one day long consultation in Guwahati last week, and Assam Chief Minister calling for constituting a multi-disciplinary expert committee to study all the issues connected with the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project (LSHEP) thoroughly and initiate suitable follow-up actions accordingly.
Understandably, KMSS ( Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti) has warned NHPC not go against wishes of people of Assam. Most probably, this warning has significance as Arunachal Pradesh is accessible either through Assam or by air.
It may be mentioned that, some sections in Arunachal Pradesh have come out with support dams and hydro power projects in the state which has no industries. They have maintained that hydro power projects will help Arunachal Pradesh developed and self-sufficient state.
While world wide, opinions are firming up against big dams ( there are few news about dismantling big dams in USA), it is unfurtionate that Indian government is going ahead with big dams, that too in a seismic zone V.
Most probably, this kind development would be proved too costly when some disaster happens.