Despite protests, the cargo, meant for 2000 MW Lower Subansiri Hydro Electric Project (LSHEP) at Gerukamukh in Dhemaji district on Assam-Arunachal boundary, reaches the project site.

The cargo was taken to its destination after the police detained groups of protesters blocking the movement of goods to the plant at Laluk in the wee hours of Wednesday.

Five vehicles, carrying various equipment and machineries for the river dam project by NHPC Ltd were blocked by anti-dam protesters as the vehicles arrived at Laluk in Lakhimpur district en-route to Gerukamukh on Tuesday.

The protesters, led by the Lakhimpur district unit of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), Krishak Mukti Sangram Parishad (KMSS) and Veer Lachit Sena, demonstrated on National Highway-15 at Laluk Tiniali.

The protesters demanded closure of the hydroelectric project over river Subansiri at Gerukamukh.

The cargo was cleared from the blockade of the demonstrators as police arrested the protesting AJYCP activists at 2:00 am on Wednesday.

However, the arrested AJYCP activists were released later on Wednesday.

NHPC chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) Abhay Kumar Singh told Sanjiv Nandan Sahai, the Union power secretary, during his visit to the project site on December 4 that the Lower Subansiri Hydro Electric Project would be completed by 2022.

Sahay visited the hydroelectric project along with Arunachal Project chief secretary Naresh Kumar, NHPC CMD A.K. Singh, central government’s joint secretary to power, Tanmay Kumar and P.S. Lokhande, commissioner (power), Arunachal Pradesh.

The Union power secretary visited all the sites of the LSHEP and took stock of the progress of the ongoing construction activities and he inaugurated the re-start of powerhouse works.

Sahay also attended an exhibition organised by farmer-producer companies registered for livelihood interventions initiated by NHPC in the field of piggery, sericulture and handloom.

Farhana Ahmed

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