[Reader-list] TIPAIMUKH DAM PROJECT - A BANE FOR THE DISPLACED OUSTEES
japna8 at hotmail.com
Sun Dec 22 23:25:49 IST 2002
Isn't flood control one of the functions the Tipaimukh dam is meant to
serve? Although flood-control and power generation from the same dam are
usually incompatible objectives.
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>Dear Sarai Readers,
>It is true that the completion of the much awaited Tipaimukh Project will
>meet the ever-growing requirements of power for the city-dwellers of the
>Barak Valley. But on the other hand, it would displace thousands of rural
>folk, who would loose their land in the catchment area of the dam. This
>would create havoc for them. Will they get adequate rehabilitation ?
>As the dam site is located on the trijunction of the three states -
>Manipur, Assam and Mizoram, it would involve rehabilitation of the dam
>oustees of the three states.
>I hope the Central Govt. will take a macro view while going ahead with the
>construction work of the Tipaimukh Dam.
>Thousands of forested and agro land will come under the dam area thereby
>such a valuable source will be lost.
>One tends to think- for whose development the rural folk are going to
>sacrifice their land. It is for the development of urbanism that the
>Tipaimukh Dam will be built. This would ensure uninterrupted power supply
>for the city dwellers of silchar and adjoining areas so that the
>syhlleti/cachari/dimasa/bishnupriya manipuri urban families can sleep in
>peace and reap the benefits accruing from the construction of the dam. But
>what about the tribes inhabiting Tipaimukh ? They would loose their land
>and also their rich culture.
>One solution is there-
>Why not we built small micro dams which would benefit both rural and urban
>folk and not create a conflict between the two? This is the alternative
>suggested by Medha Patkar's Narmada Bachao andolon. Other alternatives-
>Rain Water harvesting, traditional check dams to tap power. Solar energy
>should be encouraged instead.
>Please feel free to write on this contagious issue.
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