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Arunachal delegation meets Krishna with complaint against Ramesh

india Updated: Oct 12, 2010 21:22 IST

A delegation from Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday took up with External Affairs Minister S M Krishna about his cabinet colleague Jairam Ramesh pitching for a moratorium on clearance for hydel projects in the state.

The delegation led by Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy called on Krishna in New Delhi and sought his intervention, official sources in Itanagar said.

Ramesh, the Union Environment and Forest minister, had recently taken up with the Prime Minister demands for review of all hydro projects in the Northeast and a moratorium on further clearances for hydel projects in Arunachal Pradesh saying these were bound to be the subject of agitation in Assam.

The delegation apprised Krishna about the impact on Arunachal Pradesh if development and exploitation of its natural resources was halted, the sources said.

Instead of protesting construction of a dam over Yrlang and Sangpo rivers on the Chinese side, Ramesh was trying to halt development in the state, the sources said quoting the delegates.

"The minister without going deep into the technical aspect of various projects broke it open in the media. He had heard a few NGOs in Guwahati and rushed with a one sided opinion and report to the Prime Minster," the delegates said.

They also apprised Krishna about the mapping application of iPhone4 showing Arunachal Pradesh as part of Chinese territory.

"The business and market oriented strategy of IPhone4 will have to be protested and Centre should ban IPhone4 in India till they rectify the intentional conspiracy against the people of Arunachal Pradesh and India. We should not accept a simple apology as has been done in the case of Google," the delegates said.

They also urged the External Affairs Ministry not to impose the border norm for construction of a greenfield airport at Tawang.

The delegation gave the example of Agartala airport which was adjacent to the Bangladesh border and urged the minister to impress upon the Civil Aviation Ministry to go ahead with the project, the sources added.