Development for whom? An other kind of SEZ as “Mountain SEZ”

“Development for whom?”, is an article on Dam issue in Arunachal Pradesh. The Dam issue is also an another kind of  SEZ (special economic zone) can be called as “mountain SEZ” in the name of development. 
[the article is posted by VERACITY in the blog Arunachal forum.

VERACITY quoted as:

The Dibang Multipurpose Project (3000 MW) has been accorded national priority by the Prime Minister laying the foundation stone on 30th Jan 2008 at Itanagar. It was done even before the mandatory completion of public hearing process. Realizing government subverting the law, AIMSU on 12th March 2008 boycotted the public hearing. This event intensified a debate across the nation critiquing the govt of subverting its own laws in the name of development. The year long struggle by AIMSU became a wake up call in the Northeast and many organizations in Assam started to support the cause. Public debates and discussions are being regularly held at all community level in Assam with issue of large dams being built in Arunachal triggering concern among the academicians and Medias in the state. This has even prompted the powerful All Assam Students Union (AASU) to take a definite stand on the issue. Assam being a riparian state, more than 100 dams planned in Arunachal have alarmed the people downstream.However what amazes the observers is that till date the two powerful organizations of the state, AAPSU and ANSU haven’t yet specified out any comments on the issue. The AIMSU’s year long struggle which has now even surpassed the AAPSU’s refugee issue in garnering media attention is an issue seen largely in local perspective only. Every tribal community in Arunachal being fiercely independent cannot interfere in others jurisdiction. Dam issue in Arunachal is perceived locally rather then the concern of a state as a whole. If a dam in one region benefits a community, it can prove to be disastrous for another region. That’s the reason why concerns expressed over dams are seen as a local sentiment rather being a unanimous opinion of the people in the state. The geographical independence among the communities has also led to the concerns being categorized as local sentiments.

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