Assam CM building case against big dams

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Guwahati, Jul 24 (UNI) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was also opposed to big dams in the North Eastern states, especially Assam, if those created hazards.

The Prime Minister himself has said that extent of damage and danger of big dams must be studied thoroughly before going ahead, he told reporters here.

The construction of big dams in Arunachal Pradesh and other NE states has raised apprehensions about safety of down-hill areas, with Assam already at the receiving end of flash floods caused by such dams.

Supporting state Governor Shiv Charan Mathur's stand in favour of small dams, Mr Gogoi said, '' Smaller dams will have lesser dangers involved and also help irrigation.'' He stressed the need to examine with greater details the pros and cons of big dams and said he would suggest the Centre to form an expert committee to review the green signal given to big dams in the region.

The Assam chief minister also highlighted the need to make his Arunachal Pradesh counterpart to see the dangers involved.

'' He must be convinced as it is in the country's interest,'' he added. Mr Gogoi reiterated the urgency for a NE water authority, which could not be constituted due to Arunachal Pradesh's refusal to be a part of it.

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