Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) activists staged a major demonstration against the development of the 2000 MW Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project in Gogamukh, North Assam’s Dhemaji district, on Tuesday.
Hundreds of people joined the movement, including members of the All Adivasi Students Association of Assam (AASAA) and the Unique Women Committee.
“We want our state and country to be illuminated by energy, but not at the expense of people,” said AJYCP president Rana Pratap Baruah. They weren’t agitating for the purpose of agitating, he added.
Palash Changmai, the AJYCP’s state general secretary, sparked outrage by announcing a total “bandh” to prevent commodities from being transported to the LSHEP site in Gerukamukh via the state highway in Gogamukh.
The AJYCP general secretary, speaking to the public, claimed that despite the recent overflow of river water through the structure, building on the dam project had continued.
Changmai further stated that the most recent tripartite meeting on December 11, 2014 between the NHPC, the state administration, and numerous anti-dam protester organisations resulted in a consensus to form an expert committee to evaluate the dam’s environmental impact.