Sikkim: Memorandum to CM for scrapping Hydro Power Projects

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Gangtok: December 6, 2011

The common platform against the Hydro Power Projects (HPP) submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Pawan Chamling regarding the scrapping of three power projects of Lethang, Ting -Ting and Tashiding.

A press conference was held on December 5, 2011 in Gangtok while addressing the media President of All Sikkim Educated Self Employed and Unemployed Association Nawin Kiran Pradhan informed that government may take any proper decision, initiative action at the earliest, incase, if the government fails to comply and the affected people come in to any kind of agitations the state government shall be liable for the same.

They all believed that construction of these HPP over Rathongchu river of Yuksom region will devastate the religious heritage of Sikkim.

Eight organization is jointly raising the voice against the construction of power project in West Sikkim they are- Sikkim Bhutia Lepcha Apex Committee (SIBLAC), National Bhutia Organization (NASBO) Concerned
Lepchas of Sikkim (CLOS), Affected Citizen of Teesta (ACT), All Sikkim Educated Self Employed and Unemployed Association (ASESE&UA), Peoples Forum on Earthquake (PFOE), Nagrik Adhikar Suraksha Sangathan (NASS) and Save Sikkim who are in a platform for joint action against the three project Ting-Ting, Tashiding and Lethang.

They have recently made a tour of Yuksom region to interact with villagers who are affected by the devastating September 18 earthquake and they have noticed that the earthquake has ripped apart the landscape of the region and several cracks are noticeable even in the power project sites. The villagers of the areas are now questioning their safety where the earthquakes have turned the land fragile.

Similarly Tseten Tashi Bhutia said that the government should take earliest action in the above regards.

Sikkim Mail



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