90 lakh trees spared, Big Dam booted out in Manipur

IMPHAL: Several thousand people in Manipur are pleased that over 22 thousand hectares of forest have been saved from destruction as a Delhi environment authority denied permission to reclassify the land for yet another big dam in the Tipaimukh area. At least nine million trees have been spared, as well as a large number of endangered birds and animals.

Anti-dam lobbyists have hailed the rejection of forest clearance for the proposed 1500MW Tipaimukh multi-purpose project by the forest advisory committee.

At a recent meeting convened in New Delhi, the committee, which is a unit of the ministry of environment and forest, declined to accept diversion of 22,777.50 hectares of forest land required for the construction of the mega dam in the Tipaimukh area of Manipur bordering Mizoram.

Stating that the forest area proposed for diversion is home to nearly 90 lakh trees and large number of endangered species of flora and fauna, the committee recommended that the user agency may explore smaller dams involving smaller diversion of forest lands.

Welcoming the recommendation, the Citizens Concern for Dams and Development (CCDD) and the Committee on the Protection of Natural Resources in Manipur (CPNRM) said the forest clearance rejection has proved that the state government and dam construction agencies were pursuing destructive forms of development in Manipur without caring for environment, forest, land and people.

“The recommendation also proved that the environment clearance for the Tipaimukh project granted in October 24, 2008 was based on wrong information,” a CCDD statement said.

The reasons pointed out by the committee that construction of the dam would lead to large-scale devastation of the flora, fauna and ecology in the Barak riverine ecosystem and socio-economic conditions of the affected communities have also been highlighted by affected communities, environmental and civil bodies.

While urging the environment and forest ministry to respect the recommendations, the CCDD and the CPNRM demanded that the Centre revoke the environmental clearance for the proposed dam as it was based on wrong information.

The two environmental bodies also urged the state government to scrap the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it signed with the NHPC and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd in 2010 for constructing the dam.

The recommendations of world commission on dams, 2000 and provision of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2007 should also be respected while pursuing mega dams and other destructive and unsustainable forms of development in Manipur, the two bodies noted.

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