Silchar, Jun 26 : Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) has asked the people of Barak Valley to oppose the proposed multi-crore Tipaimukh hydroelectric project located at the confluence of the Barak and Tuivai rivers in Manipur, claiming it would do more harm than good to the area and its people.
"The proposed 1,500-MW project will do a lot of harm to Barak Valley. This dam will bring misery to the people of southern Assam, Manipur and Bangladesh. If the project is stopped, it will benefit the region," said KMSS chief Akhil Gogoi.
Addressing a rally at Badarpur in Karimganj district on Tuesday, he asked the people to launch an agitation to stop the dam project and save the region from environmental and economic disaster. He urged the government to take the necessary steps to freeze the project.
Akhil Gogoi said KMSS had highlighted the disastrous implications of building big dams in the country and northeast in particular several times. Despite this, he said, the government continued to patronize some of the biggest dams in the country.
He said the Rs 9,000-crore Tipaimukh project would have an adverse effect on the life, economy and environment of the region.
The Barak and Kushiara rivers would dry up, the agriculture-based economy of the region would suffer and the flora and fauna of the region would be destroyed if the 163-meter high dam at Tipaimukh is built, Gogoi said.