Convention on mega dams in Assam from Feb 25

February 2nd, 2012 - 1:25 am ICT by IANS  

Guwahati, Feb 1 (IANS) Anti-dam activists from across India will gather in Assam from Feb 25 to debate the issue of proposed mega dams in the northeast region and raise the demand for abandoning all the mega dam projects in the region and neighbouring Bhutan.

The convention is being organized by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS)-a leading farmers’ body in the state, which had been opposing the construction of mega dam for the 2,000 MW Lower Subansiri hydro electric power project and other proposed mega dams in Arunachal Pradesh.

Medha Patkar,and some other leading activists have so far confirmed their participation in the convention, which will get underway from Feb 25 next, said KMSS general secretary Akhil Gogoi, adding they are trying to rope in some other experts for the convention.

“We have also declared the February as the month for mobilising public opinion against mega dam projects by holding meetings in different parts of the state during the month,” he said adding that a team of the KMSS have already started a cycle rally to spread the awareness about the probable negative impact about the mega dams in various corners of the state.

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