Arunachal Seeks Assam's Cooperation for Hydel Project

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Arunachal Pradesh has sought cooperation from Assam in expediting the execution of 2000-MW Lower Subansiri Hydro-Electric Project, which has been halted since December 2011.

State Home Minister Tanga Byaling discussed the issue with Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday during a courtesy call with the latter while returning from New Delhi, an official statement said here today.

The largest project in the country being executed by the NHPC, had run into rough weather when the work came to a halt in December 2011, when Assam anti-dam activists raised safety related issues even after completion of more than 55 per cent work. Since then, the project is incurring Rs 10 crore loss daily.

Alleging vested interests were taking upper hand in straining the age-old relations between both the neighbouring states by creating law and order problems, Byaling suggested a coordinated approach by both the Congress ruled state governments to defeat such divisive forces.

On the inter-state boundary row, Byaling advocated status quo till the union home ministry came out with an acceptable and amicable solution to the decades-old imbroglio on the basis of Supreme Court constituted Local Boundary Commission (LBC) report submitted to Union MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju recently.

Rijiju during his maiden visit to the state had told mediapersons here on July 6 last that once the Supreme Court gives its directive on the basis of LBC report, the ministry would study it and contemplate action.

"I shall try to win the confidence of the chief ministers of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to find an amicable and lasting solution to the decades-long interstate imbroglio," Rijiju had assured.

Gogoi after giving a patient hearing to all issues, assured all possible steps to strengthen the bilateral relations in the greater national interest, the statement added.

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