Sikkim: JAC welcomes govt. decision of scrapping 3 HEPs

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Gangtok: January 5, 2012

The scrapping of the three Hydel Power Projects in the state viz Ting Ting (99 MW), Tashiding (97 MW) and Lethang (96 MW) by the state government is welcomed and supported whole heartedly by the Joint Action Committee Against Hydel Power Projects formed by the eight organizations, informed Navin Kiran President, All Sikkim Educated Self- employed and Unemployed Association (ASESUA).

It may be noted that the committee had submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister Pawan
Chamling regarding this matter in the month of December 2011.

Further Kiran added that the state government should stay firm in its decision and no diplomacy should be played regarding this matter with the public. Since the government itself has recommended this decision hence it should be implemented without further ado. Also speaking on the statement given by the MP Lok Sabha, PD Rai about the demand to investigate on the Rangchang Bridge collapse by the Defence Ministry, He (Navin Kiran) added that the committee also supports this decision full fledged.

The committee had also registered a complaint regarding this matter, he informed. A communication gap between the Border Road Organization (BRO) and the state government is one of the reasons of this fateful incident is what they (the committee) believe.

Since the bridge is a property of the central government therefore they should investigate the matter as soon as possible. An independent inquiry should be carried out by the central government. If no action is taken or investigation is delayed, the committee shall come up with physical agitation, warned Navin Kiran.

Also speaking on the ongoing construction of the tunnel at Lower Onglop, Save Sikkim representative PR Khadka asserted that the whole village of Upper Bhaluthang is at risk of being swept away because of the frequent blasting at the construction site. The slight earthquake tremors also add up to the risk. Therefore he demanded that the police should stay on high alert and also check the vehicles carrying the explosives. The water of Rathong Chu which is regarded holy by the locals is also being polluted and the cremation area is also not spared.
Because of the tussle between the central and the state government the negative impact is to be faced by the public, stated the Sikkim Bhutia Lepcha Apex Committee (SIBLAC) convenor Tseten Tashi. Therefore the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling should intervene personally in this matter as the situation seems to be slipping out of hands.

The state government should appreciate the committee’s support to them and should strive hard to solve this issue without going against the sentiments of the Sikkimese people. All these incidents are also a lesson to be learnt for the investors and the government, concluded Tseten Tashi.



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