Environmental activists demand scrapping of Tipaimukh dam project

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Sinlung, Tuithraphai, Oct 10, 2007. Picketing of all the Government offices in the hill districts of Manipur in protest against NEEPCO’s continuous “deliberate attempt” to get Environment Clearance for Tipaimukh Hydroelectric (Multipurpose) Project on October 12 has been fixed.

The Committee Against Tipaimukh Dam (CATD), constituted by United Naga Council (UNC), Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR), All Naga Students Association, Manipur (ANSAM) and Naga Women Union Manipur (NWUM) have strongly condemned another “deliberate attempts made by North Eastern Power Corporation Ltd. (NEEPCO)” by hosting Expert Appraisal Committee on River Valley and Hydroelectric Projects (EAC) meeting on October 15 at their Guwahati office to get a environmental clearance of the Tipaimukh Hydroelectric (Multipurpose) Project through “swirling and flouting” of all existing international and national norms with total “disregards” to the laws of the land and peoples’ concerns.

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The Committee Against Tipaimukh Dam (CATD) also seriously concerns and doubts the Expert Appraisal Committee on River Valley and Hydroelectric Projects of their ethnical conduct and its neutrality as expert committee as it seem to be playing clandestine game with NEEPCO by accepting or choosing NEEPCO Guwahati Office for the next meeting on October 15.

“It is pertinent to mention here that NEEPCO has applied for the granting of Environment Clearance from the EAC by producing outdated data gathered from here and there using outdated method & technologies for only two seasons of year. The same application was rejected by the EAC 52nd meeting held on 21 and 22nd February 2007,” stated the CATD while adding, “the democratically elected Government of Manipur has disowned and disrespected the democratic voices of the people by using its military might against their own electorates”.

CATD reiterates its demands for total the scrapping of Tipaimukh Mega Dam. CATD along with all their allies organisations and groups will launch a continuous democratic form of protests till the Mega Dam Project is scraped for once and all, warned the committee in a statement. It has announced that on October 12 picketing of all the Manipur Government offices in the hill districts will be launched. The governmet of Manipur will be held responsible for and untoward incident arising out of the agitation, cautioned the CATD statement issued by its convenor Aram Pamei.

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