The chief minister has recently suggested that the need for the Piano Key Weirs (PKW) technique doesn’t come to the surface as the water flow of river Subansiri through the dam is supposed to be the same - another hypothesis that reflects how much expert he has become about the issue these days. It is likely that a team of foreign experts will visit the dam site to investigate the feasibility norms of the project, a step which is categorically opposed by NHPC on the ground that the foreign experts don’t have proper experience as to how big dams are constructed in sensitive areas like one in Gerukamukh.
Now, a series of questions have arisen. How can NHPC question the knowledge and experience of the foreign experts? Does it mean that NHPC wants to complete the construction of the dam paying no heed that the international bodies may reject it at any moment? Why doesn't NHPC consider the level of its sustainability in one of the most a seismologically volatile zones in the world, and forget about the downstream impact?
The situation, at present, in Gerukamikh, is rife with anger and apprehension, causing mass protests and democratic movements by civic bodies. Dispur’s power pressure, accompanied by natural law and order situation, will not be the right step to contain them.
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