Opposing construction of big dams in the Himalayan region, Congress MP Pradeep Tamta on Saturday said his party will launch an agitation against the proposed Pancheswar dam, saying it would drive away more than 31,000 poor families from their homes. “While the world is decommissioning big dams, Indian government is promoting these. Besides decommissioning some big dams Europe and USA have not constructed even a single big dam in the last 20 years,” the Congress Rajya Sabha MP claimed. Nepal which too has stakes in the Pancheshwar dam is yet to be approve the DPR (Detailed Project Report), he said.Traditional habitation “The tendency to construct big dams in the Himalayan region not only deprives hill villages of their cultivable land and traditional habitation but also makes the region more susceptible to earthquakes and landslides which cause loss of lives and property,” Mr. Tamta said. Mr. Tamta said that in its DPR on the proposed project, the WAPCOS (Public Sector Enterprise under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Water Resources) has said the compensation package will be given to only 1,306 families. “Congress asks the State Government where would the rest of the 29,500 families go? It is clear that these families will be given meagre compensation in the name of rehabilitation, which we will raise before the people,” said Mr. Tamta.Other regions According to the Congress MP, the history of big dams in hill region indicates that these constructions give prosperity to other regions at the price of destruction of hill regions.