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Revocation of MoUs on NE mega dams
Itanagar, MAY 2 (Agencies)
Published on 3 May. 2010 12:46 AM IST
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The three-day North East Consultation on Dams-III, which began at Pasighat in Arunachal’s East Siang district on Friday, has unanimously called for revocation of all memorandums of understanding (MoUs) signed for construction of mega dams in the North East region. The participants were of the opinion that most of the dams in the region have been implemented without the knowledge and consent of the indigenous people.
Reiterating serious concern over the untold sufferings inflicted on people due to construction of mega dams with widespread displacement of people, inundation of agricultural land, devastation of environment, loss of exotic flora and fauna species, demographic and cultural changes, the consultation demanded full implementation of the recommendations of World Commission of Dams-2000, including comprehensive and holistic impact assessment with indigenous people.
The consultation also called upon the Centre to implement the recommendations of the Committee on Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination in 2007 especially to seek the free, prior and informed consent of peoples before construction of dams in the North East. The Consultation opined that all the mega dams, including Tipaimukh Multipurpose Project in Manipur, Subansiri Lower 2000 MW, Dibang 3000 MW Hydro project, Damwe 4000 MW, Siang middle 2000 MW Project in AP are proposed and pursued against the will and aspiration of all affected people, upstream and downstream.
Participants demanded enforcement of a clear cut moratorium for introducing development projects in the region till the ongoing and existing projects are reviewed for its environmental sustainability, respect of rights, equity and best practices on developmental rights of indigenous people.

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