North East Netizens Come forward to oppose Big Dams in India

Internet users, well informed politically aware in a democratic country India, youths from North East India have come out with online petition for stopping construction of big dams in seismic zone 5 rated North East India.

It is claimed that AASU-TMPK and KMSS have been able to gather more than 1lac signature opposing construction of big dams in North East India. The online campaign has also caught eyes from internet users in various social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter etc.

To sign the petition, one may visit this link : Sign petition opposing construction of big dams in North East India.

The complete text of the petition :-
Dr. Manmohan Singh,
Honorable Prime Minister of India,
New Delhi.
Subject: One lakh signature endorsing our stand on stop mega dams in NE India
Dear Prime Minister,
Namaskar from the people of Assam! Please find attached signatures of one lakh people of Assam endorsing the following demands on mega dams. We have already submitted to you several memorandums, since 2008, expressing our concerns on impacts of mega dams. These memorandums highlight our overall concerns regarding dams in the Northeast, particularly Arunachal Pradesh.
The demands included in the present memorandum is a follow up of three recent developments which have also endorsed our stand on mega dams in NE India: a) a recent public consultation in Guwahati on 10th September, 2010, which widely articulated peoples’ concerns about mega dams in NE India, We are sure that the Union Minister of Environment has already communicated to you about the issues discussed in the public hearing. b) the submission of report of an expert committee of IIT Guwahati, Gauhati University and Dibrugarh University, set up to study the downstream impacts of the 2000 MW Lower Subansiri project, where, June 2010 this committee has recommended that: “…The selected site for the mega dam of the present dimension was not appropriate in such a geologically and seismologically sensitive location…Therefore, it is recommended not to construct the mega dam in the present site…”. C) A House Committee set up by the Assam Legislative Assembly to investigate the impacts of dams in its final report submitted in July 2010 supported the Expert Committee recommendations on Lower Subansiri.

In the light of these we, the following one lakh signatories, immediately ask for:
• A complete moratorium on all clearances (including pre-construction clearances) by the MoEF to large dams/hydropower projects in Northeast India.
• Immediate withdrawal of clearances granted to the 2000 MW Lower Subansiri project, 1750 MW Demwe Lower and 1500 MW Tipaimukh which were granted environmental clearance without downstream impact assessment and public consent.
• Commission of a special study group consisting of Independent Reviewers (including scientists, social scientist, people’s representative) to study the environmental and social impact of all the existing dams in Assam, Arunachal and Bhutan.
• Future steps on hydropower projects (the people of Assam will only endorse micro and small dams where community’s rights will be fully ensured) and dams to be taken only after full, prior and informed consent of the people of the Brahmaputra & Barak river basins.
• The Brahmaputra River and its tributaries to be protected as a cultural and ecological endowment of the people of the region and the country as a whole. Development plans will need to respect the environmental and cultural sensitivity of the region.
We expect you to give these critical issues the importance it deserves. The Brahmaputra & Barak river basins are our lifeline and addressing these issues is essential to ensure the long-term social and environmental security of Assam.
Thanking you,

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One thought on “North East Netizens Come forward to oppose Big Dams in India

  • December 15, 2010 at 2:22 am

    We have to ask all the one lakh people who signed here..whether they understood what was written in this document. There are serious doubts about how the people have been briefed.


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