Bhutan’s proposed 600 Megawatt Kholongchu Hydropower Project raising concern in Assam

GUWAHATI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's unveiling of 600 Megawatt Kholongchu Hydropower Project in Bhutan has raised concerns in Assam as there is fear that the state might face the downstream impact of the project.

Modi during his first international visit after he assumed the office last month has announced the partnership between the Indian and Bhutanese PSUs for the hydel power project in Trashiyangtse in Eastern Bhutan.
Regional political party, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has stated BJP has gone back on its promise of not allowing mega dams in Northeast India. AGP general secretary Durga Das Boro said, "60 MW Kurichu Hydel Project in Bhutan causes flooding in several areas of Lower Assam. Now 600 MW power project will create havoc."
Students' body, All Assam Students Union (Aasu) has sought white paper on the project. Aasu stated it has to raise the demand for a white Paper on the hydel project in Himalayan kingdom as tremendous devastation was caused by its Kurichu Hydel Project in 2004 and 2007 in five districts including Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Kokrajhar and Bongaigaon.
The student body added government must clarify if any study done was conducted on the cumulative downstream impacts of the project on Assam areas. Student body, Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) said that there must be a moratorium on all the upcoming power projects in the neighbouring country, till the downstream impact study is done.
AJYCP president Manoj Baruah added, "Many power projects in Bhutan are being financially supported by India. This initiative was started by the previous government at the Centre and is being continued by the new government as well."