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Tribe fears Arunachal dam will extinct its people

Three organizations, belonging to the Adi tribe, have said they would not allow Jaypee Arunachal power Limited (JAPL), a unit of Jaypee Associates, to execute a 2,700 mega watt hydro electric project on Siang river in Arunachal Pradesh, apprehending that it would lead to the extinction of the community.

india Updated: Dec 02, 2010 16:20 IST

Three organizations, belonging to the Adi tribe, have said they would not allow Jaypee Arunachal power Limited (JAPL), a unit of Jaypee Associates, to execute a 2,700 mega watt hydro electric project on Siang river in Arunachal Pradesh, apprehending that it would lead to the extinction of the community.

Forum for Siang Dialogue (FSD), Siang Peoples' Forum (SPF) and Adi Students' Union (AdiSU) were opposed to the construction of a dam for the project saying it would affect 6,708 Adi households with a population of 34,911.

The entire Rs 13,000 crore Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project is likely to affect more than 50 villages in Upper, East and West Siang districts being inhabited by the Adi community people since time immemorial.

"No dams on river Siang at the cost of our extinction shall ever come up and we pledge that we shall fight to the finish for our pride, honour and survival," SPF Chairman Ojing Tasing said in a joint Press conference here Wednesday evening.

The organisations were also apprehensive that 15,000 odd migrant labourers to be engaged by the company would jeopardise the existence of the tribal population in these districts with only 54 per cent of indigenous population.

"There are also possibilities that some of the migrant population might be carrier of diseases like AIDS and hepatitis, hitherto unknown in the districts," FSD general secretary Vijay Taram said.