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Government asked to share information on Lower Subansiri hydro plant

 

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the NITI Aayog (formerly Planning Commission) to disclose all the technical details about the 2,000 MW Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project along the Assam border, rejecting the panel's resistance to share the specifications.

 

 

The NITI Aayog had argued that the technical report shouldn't be disclosed as it would create confusion in the minds of public, and that its disclosure may fuel further agitation endangering the life of the locals.

 

 

However, Information Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal observed the revelation of the expert's comments would enable all stakeholders to have informed participation at the stage of formulation of the policy itself and that "agitation is more likely to be fuelled by uninformed debate in the absence of authentic information".

 

 

The Lower Subansiri Hydro Project, situated on the border of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, had been witnessing resistance from local residents. Though work on the project started in 2005, residents halted the construction in December 2011. In 2006, the Union power ministry had set up a joint expert committee, which reportedly expressed serious concerns about the dam construction at specific geologically and seismologically sensitive locations. The government further appointed the Thatte-Reddy Committee to study the downstream impacts.

 

 

 

 

RTI appellant Rohit Choudhury, who was denied information by the NITI Aayog, contended before the CIC that the then Union power minister Sushilkumar Shinde had promised a transparent study to restore the confidence of local people, and so it was unacceptable that the Thatte-Reddy report was denied to him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read more at: Government asked to share information on Lower Subansiri hydro plant : India, News - India Today

 

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Please also read:

 

The Assam Tribune Online

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