Armed against big dams

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - THE ANTI- DOWN TO EARTH

big dam move­ment in As­sam, which has over the few years been strength­ened by politi­cians and aca­demi­cians, has now found the back­ing of the United Lib­er­a­tion Front of Asom-In­de­pen­dent, or ULFA (I). The ULFA (I) has also threat­ened to carry out an armed strug­gle to stop the con­struc­tion of the 2,000 MW Lower Suban­siri Hy­dro­elec­tric Power Project. It has said that the or­gan­i­sa­tion is op­posed to the con­struc­tion of pro­posed mega dams in the North­east re­gion. Paresh Asom, com­man­der-in-chief of the ULFA (I), said that it is shock­ing that the In­dian gov­ern­ment is putting ev­ery ef­fort to en­sure com­ple­tion of the project, de­spite ex­perts say­ing that th­ese dams could be cat­a­strophic to the re­gion.

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