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Assam's parties against interlinking of rivers

Vinayak Ganapathy in Guwahati | January 30, 2003 09:18 IST

The Asom Gana Parishad and other regional parties in Assam have termed the Centre's proposal to interlink major rivers, including the Brahmaputra, as a conspiracy to deprive the people of the state their share of water.

The AGP has decided to constitute a panel to go into the details of the issue and submit a report.

AGP president Brindabon Goswami said on Wednesday that though the party does not want to politicise the issue, it has reservations over the proposal.

"New Delhi has given people to understand that if the Brahmaputra is interlinked with other major rivers and tributaries in the country, the perennial flood problem in the state would be solved. But when the Centre constituted a task force to interlink the rivers, the drought in some states rather than the annual floods in Assam was given priority," he said.

There is enough reason to believe that the interlinking of the rivers is aimed at supplying water to the dry states by depriving states like Assam, he added.

The Asam Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad has already threatened to launch a massive agitation if the Centre executes the $120 billion project.

The project is aimed at ending the problems of regions that have either too much water or too little, Suresh Prabhu, former Union minister and head of the task force constituted by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, has said.

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Number of User Comments: 17

Sub: have no hesitation in giving it to our seven sisters.

bestowed are my lands with bounties of the nature....the prime target is to tame our lifeline - Brahmaputra. there goes a saying in hindi, 'sagar ...

Posted by premjit

Sub: Interlinking rivers

Idiots.. Keep fighting... Do not think we are Indians.. Just make issues out of non-issues... Let Assam drown, but do not let the water go.. ...

Posted by surinder


Mr. Wagh, I would not be surprised if you thought Mizoram was the capital of Assam. I suspect you are of the same north Indian ...

Posted by Amlan

Sub: Not politics .... Assam says Enough is enough ....

Politicians are same everywhere but this ain't about politics.. . Strange it may sound to a lot of "mainlanders", Assam has been "exploited" for her ...

Posted by Amlan Chakraborty

Sub: Interlinking of rivers

It is always unfortunate that we politicise every issue and mess it up. The real problem is left aside and the main interest remains who ...

Posted by umesh Dharmatti


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