Guwahati/ 26th July’2017(Prag News Desk): The Union Ministry of Forest, Environment and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has disapproved the report submitted by the Assam experts of the Project oversight Committee (PoC) on the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project (LSHEP) and accepted the report of the other experts Union Power Ministry had included in the PoC.
The project that has been agitating the minds of the people here because of the apprehensions created by the safety and environment-related issues connected with it, for the past several years.The MoEFCC in its affidavit in the case (MA No 6 in OA No 346/2013/PB/9/EZ) before the Kolkata-based Eastern Zone (EZ) Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), said, “…this Ministry after examining both the reports of PoC, supports the report submitted by PoC (Government of India) on 26.02.2016…”
It perhaps needs mention here that the controversy over the safety and environment-related issues connected with the 2,000-MW mega LSHEP made the State Government, the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation, which is executing the project and All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) to arrive at a tripartite decision that experts should be engaged to study the controversial issues connected with the mega hydel project.
Accordingly, the State’s experts’ committee was formed in 2007 with experts from Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University and IIT Guwahati, which studied the project and raised several objections concerning the safety of the project’s structure and the environmental issues connected with the project. Later, the Union Government formed a two-member expert committee with former Central Water Commission (CWC) chairman CD Thatte as its head. This committee also reportedly raised a number of objections in this regard.