GUWAHATI: Members of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) have embarked on a drive to mobilize anti-dam protesters by visiting villages in Lakhimpur district on bicycles. While KMSS, along with and activists of eight other organizations, are still not allowing movement of construction materials for the 2000-MW Lower Subansiri hydro-electric project, about 50 members of these organisations have since Monday been visiting villages in the district for holding anti-dam meetings.
“Our activists have covered 20 villages on bicycles. In each village, we are holding a public meeting on the negative effects of large dams. We want to create mass awareness on our anti-dam movement through our bicycle rally,” KMSS assistant general secretary, Bedanta Laskar said. The rally will continue for 10 days.
The rally aims to mobilize villagers on dam-related issues in the run-up to the public meeting called by KMSS and eight other organisations in Lakhimpur this month. Activists like Medha Patkar, Sandeep Pandey, Bimal Bhai among others from the National Alliance of People’s Movement (NAPM) are expected to attend the meeting. “The date of the meeting has not been decided yet, but it will be held this month. People in Lakkhimpur and its neighbouring Dhemaji district have been actively participating in the anti-dam movement because they are the people who are going to be the most affected. The meeting will give further impetus to our movement,” Laskar said.
KMSS, Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad, All Assam Tai Ahom Students Union and six other organisations were on indefinite agitation against the Subansiri project since December last year. Group of ministers had several rounds of talks with anti-dam groups and experts for exploring solution to the impasse over the construction of Subansiri project. KMSS has expressed skepticism over the dialogue, saying the government had already decided that the construction will not stop.