Arunachal CM rejects NITI Aayog’s proposal to build 10,000 MW dam on Siang River

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Sunday rejected NITI Aayog’s proposal of building of 10,000 MW dam on Siang River, state’s local media reported.

Addressing a crowd in Yingkiong, chief minister Khandu said that the state government will not accept the proposal and that the local people’s opposition to the dam has already been expressed to NITI Aayog earlier in October this year.

The local people have vehemently opposed the dam project on the ground that large tracts of farm land will be lost.

The chief minister assured that no other dams will be built on the Siang River without the consent of the local people.

A 2013 report by the Centre’s Central Water Commission said that 44 dams were proposed in the Siang basin.

Expressing concern over the muddying of the Siang River, CM Khandu alerted the Centre about the situation and hoped that the issue will be resolved through talks between Indian and Chinese governments.

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