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Damming the dam talks

                                                                                                                                   The Assam Tribune, Guwahati 8th February, 2015


(10 Feb) Guwahati, Feb. 8 -- The affidavit submitted by the director of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) on December 5, 2014, in the Alakananda Hydro Power Co. Ltd., etc. vs Anuj Joshi and Others before the Supreme Court of India, has significant ramification in the entire issue of construction of dams in Arunachal Pradesh with major downstream impact in Assam and the current talks between various students and community organizations of Assam with the Ministry of Power. The genesis of the said affidavit is the aftermath of the June 2013 disaster in the Himalayan basin of Ganga in Uttarakhand, with colossal loss of human and animal lives along with large-scale destruction of property and infrastructure, which shook the entire nation. The Apex Court taking suo moto cognizance of the said disaster in the above stated matter on August 13, 2013, issued a number of directions, including directing the MoEF&CC as well as the State of Uttarakhand not to grant