The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parichad (AJYCP) has started 100-hour-long blockade in protest against resumption of construction work of Lower Subansiri Hydro Electric Project (LSHEP).

The AJYCP has announced a series of protest programmes against resumption of dam construction at Gerukamukh in Dhemaji district by the NHPC Ltd.

The student-youth body launched blockade of construction goods for the LSHEP dam at Khelmati in North Lakhimpur against dam work since Sunday.

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Speaking to the media, Saurabh Das of AJYCP categorically stated that the organization won’t allow the construction of the dam on river Subansiri.

He said, “There is no alternative to agitation in the wake of the NGT’s nod to the LSHEP recently.”

Also read: NHPC to resume work of Lower Subansiri project soon

The AJYCP has already sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi opposing resumption of the dam work after participating in a sit-in demonstration in North Lakhimpur and blocking the NH-15.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) recently dismissed petitions seeking reconstitution of a six-member expert committee.

The anti-dam organizations in Assam claimed that the existing expert committee on the LSHEP was biased towards big dams which reportedly pose threat to the environment.

The petitions were filed by All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) leader Tularam Gogoi and president of NGO Assam Public Works, Aabhijit Sarma.

Construction works at Gerukamukh for 2000 MW LSHEP dam over Subansiri has been halted since December 2011 following massive protests.

Farhana Ahmed

Farhana Ahmed is Northeast Now Correspondent in North Lakhimpur. She can be reached at: farhana.ahmed777@gmail.com

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