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Ralan area public opposes govt, NEPL MoU
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Published on 24 Feb. 2011 12:50 AM IST
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Disconcerted that the government of Nagaland did not consult the public of the Ralan area over the set up of 25MW Hydro Power Project, Ralan Area Lotha Hoho (RALH) has demanded that the implementation of 2nd stage Doyang Hydro Project (DHP) be kept in abeyance until public grievances were addressed.
In a letter to the state commissioner and secretary for department of power, the Hoho has listed out some points of consternation over the initiation of the project and urged the authority to look into the matter.
According to RALH, the state government executed MoU with M/s NEPL to set up 25MW Hydro Power Project downstream of DHP at Ralan area as well as the “other side” of Doyang river affecting villagers of Pyochu, Moilan, Pyangsa, Lotsu, Chudi, Morakjo and Longtsung. Hoho strongly voiced its opposition against the MoU stating that its contents which appeared in a local daily on March 17, 2007 indicated that the state government was keen on implementing the project “keeping the public of the area in dark”.
It alleged that the MoU was signed without the knowledge, nor consent and consultation of RALH and general public of the area, which it said, indicated “ulterior” motive of the government.
Pointing out that the land belonged to the people as guaranteed under the constitution of India, the Hoho claimed that the state government had no authority to lease the land and its resources without the knowledge and consent of the people. In this connection, Hoho termed the MoU executed by Nagaland government with M/s NEPL as “illegal”. Moreover, RALH maintained that implementing the project without provision for alternate rehabilitation and compensation would amount to violation of fundamental rights of the people as their livelihood solely depended on the land.
Opining that government could not act biased and usurp basic rights of the public in the name of development alone, the Hoho asserted that the matter needed reconsideration of department as well as the state government before the project was implemented “to avoid any unwarranted consequences”.
The representation was endorsed by 55 leaders of various villages under Ralan Area including VCCs, GBs, DBs, and students’ body functionaries. Meanwhile, RALH chairman Lichio Kithan informed that the Hoho’s decision to oppose implementation of the project arrived during a public meeting held February 12 at Yanpha, represented by village chairmen and GBs from each of the 18 villages under the Hoho.

 
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