According to Sentinel news paper in Assam, National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) executive director BR Saraf says that the hydel power project at Lower Subansiri can be abandoned or its possible adverse effects on downstream areas can be controlled if all the stakeholders, including the Assam Government, so desire.
He maintains that though more than 50 per cent of the work on the big dam has been completed, structural changes can still be made to the project with the help of advanced science and technology if such recommendations are made by the expert committee to be formed by the Centre.
“We are a Government of India undertaking and not a private company. If all the stakeholders in the project agree in the greater interest of the public that the project should be stopped, we will have no objection,” he added.
This is an welcome change from NHPC as previously its CMD had ruled out abandoning of LSHELP project citing 50% work completed. This flexible stand by NHPC is quite commendable and it should go down well with agitating organisation in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh against big dams in North East India.