After the Subansiri incidents, activists took to the streets in Assam.

Anti-mega dam demonstrations erupt in Assam after a year-long hiatus . Heavy rain has flooded Arunachals Subansiri river, a major Brahmaputra tributary .

GUWAHATI (GUWAHATI): After a year-long hiatus, anti-mega dam demonstrations erupted in various areas of Assam on Tuesday, sparking serious questions over the safety and security of those who live in the 2000-MW Subansiri Lower hydropower project's downstream areas.Since last week, two back-to-back incidents in the country's largest under-construction hydropower project along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, which caused the power house guard wall and the dam's diversion tunnel to collapse, have prompted the state's top anti-mega dam groups to take to the streets against the government and the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC).In the last two weeks, heavy rain has flooded Arunachal's Subansiri river, a major Brahmaputra tributary, causing excessive water flow that has affected two critical areas of the dam.Following a fight at the protest in Guwahati, several members of the peasant group Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti were arrested by police, demanding that the dam be reconstructed.

Our concern with the Lower Subansiri dam was correct.Assam experts also cautioned that the hilly region where the dam was installed is prone.After the two tragedies, work on the project must resume, according to Aasu president Dipanka Kumar Nath.Bidyut Saikia, the general secretary of the KMSS, has condemned police assault on the peaceful demonstrators.

This is the height of hypocrisy, said Saikia, adding that residents of Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, and Majuli districts, which are located in the downstream, are sleeping through the mishaps.According to the National Hydro Council, the mega dam is nearing completion with 88 percent growth.Last year, power minister Singh's commitment to have the Lower Subansiri dam operational by August this year sparked anti-mega dam demonstrations.

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