BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, Jan 30: Former Meghalaya Governor Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary today said that the Brahmaputra river has not been properly utilized.
Speaking at a semir on the topic, ‘Chinese imperialism, Brahmaputra and Future of Assam’ organized by Hindu Yuba-Chatra Parishad: Asom here, Mooshahary said, “We have yet to learn to utilize Brahmaputra. Due to this, despite having such a big river in our State, the people are facing water scarcity, power crisis.”
“We have to procure electricity from other state as a result of which we have to pay high power bill,” he said.
The former Meghalaya Governor said that except generating some employment, the Brahmaputra Board has not done anything for utilization of the river.
“It is a pity that our resource has been utilized by another country,” he added.
Brahmaputra flows from Tibet into Aruchal Pradesh, Assam and later into Bangladesh. On October 1 last year, Chi had announced the blockade of Xiabuqu river in Tibet as part of the construction of its “most expensive” dam project.
Stating that Brahmaputra is rich in water and a major hydrological resource for Tibet, the Chinese Foreign Ministry had said “the development and utilisation of the Chinese side at present is just one per cent”.
Former Deputy Chief of Air Force PK Borbora, senior jourlist Dhirendra th Chakraborty also attended the semir.