Jayanta Pran Delhi India
When I was in class VIII, we had to write an essay titled "Flood in Assam". We continued to write an essay on "Flood in Assam" in class IX and X as well. But I never thought all the future generation youth of Assam would have to continue to write this essay even till now. Flood in Assam has proved to be like a never ending misery for the people of Assam. A lot of discussion, debate and research has been done on this subject but with no legible outcome. The problem had gone deteriorating only year by year and this year this problem has touched its zenith. Thousands of acres of cultivated land has been destroyed by flood in Assam this year. Hundreds of human lives had been lost and thousands of animals have lost their life due to mammoth flood in Assam this year. The misery seems to be endless and I see no answer to this problem. If we go to analyse the reasons behind this kind unpredictable flood in Assam, the most obvious reason that comes to my mind is that we have taken nature for granted. Millions of trees have been fell down in Assam and Northeast by vested syndicates supported by the state governments in Assam for money only. The natural balance has been greatly disturbed in Northeast due to this cruel act on the nature. The Assam forest department had been neglecting this problem for years due to unprecedented type of corruption in this department. Apart from this problem another problem that had been the real culprit for this problem is the hundred of dams built on the hilly areas of Arunachal Pradesh to produce electricity. The switch gates of these dams release millions of cubic waters in the rainy season and this amount of water enters directly into Assam with full force. Hundreds of objections have been raised against these dams in Arunachal Pradesh but the cenral govt has put a deaf ear to these objections. These dams had been built in Arunachal Pradesh demolishing all the norms of Mnistry of Environment. I strongly feel no proper environment impact assessment was done by the Central govt while clearing these dam projects in Arunachal and its end result is here in the name of flood in Assam . Interestingly no social organisation in Assam including All Assam Students Organization have been able to start a serious agitation against this act of Central government and Arunachal Pradesh govt. Central govt releases a few crores of rupees in the name of flood in Assam every year and that is where their duty and responsibility towatds Assam ends. I hope central govt will not sanction any futher electricity producing dams in Arunachal Pradesh and other neighbouring hilly states in Assam. There are many more other ways to produce electricity which should be harnessed by the central govt. If the work of consruction of electricty producing dams continue in Arunachal Pradesh, then the day is not far when one day we will witness that entire Assam has been washed away by mega flood and this year's mega flood in Assam indeed is a trailer to this reality.