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Public meeting held on Tipaimukh Dam

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

/ Published by VIRTHLI
Imphal, May 03 2016: Citizens' Concern for Dams and Development, North East Dialogue Forum and Centre for Research and Advocacy, Manipur organised a one-day public meeting on the topic, 'Tipaimukh dam and indigenous people's rights' at Manipur Press Club today.

The participants of the meeting once again resolved that the dam for Tipaimukh hydro-electric power project, which is said to have a capacity to generate 1500 MW, must not be constructed over Barak river due to huge impact on flora and fauna and threats to livelihood.

The convention observed that the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest must revoke the environment clearance given to the project on October 24, 2008 despite community objections in all the five public hearings.

It was also decided in the meeting to press the Government to annul all the MoUs signed by the Government of Manipur, NEEPCO, NHPC and Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd.

Tipaimukh dam must not be constructed without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous people as recommended by UN CERD committee and UN DRIP, 2007, the convention observed.

It was further resolved to affirm indigenous people's self determined rights over their land, forest, resources and develop and define all development priorities in Manipur as outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, 2007 .

The participants of the meeting also decided to apprise the National Human Rights Commision officials who would visit Manipur to meet all the communities affected by Tipaimukh dam project and their representatives.

Source: The Sangai Express
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