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Govt prepared to talk to dam protestors Govt prepared to talk to dam protestors Guwahati, Dec 14 (PTI) Assam government todayannounced that there was scope for negotiation with personsand organisations opposing construction of a mega dam upstreamof Brahmaputra river. "The government is prepared to talk to anyone on theissue. We love our state as much as they do," state PowerMinister Pradyut Bordoloi told reporters here. Asked to comment on the strong protest by locals andorganisations including All Assam Students Union (AASU)against the ongoing construction of a dam by NHPC atGerukamukh in Lakhimpur district, he said the government willsupport construction of dam on scientific basis. "Besides, there are provisions in the National WaterPolicy and related acts to protect the interests of peopleliving downstream and thus there is need to worry," Bordoloisaid. Local persons have opposed construction of the dam onSubansiri fearing adverse effect downstream of the river. PTISB KK

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