Leaders of Yongnyah area have appealed to the chief minister, Neiphiu Rio to immediately stop construction of Dikhu hydro project at Dikhu joint.
In a representation letter addressed to the chief minister, the five signatories stated that in a meeting held on March 8, and basing on the complaint letter submitted to the comissioner & secretary, power, Nagaland Tamlu on June 26,2009, the area meeting reaffirmed and unanimously resolved that the authority in-charge should immediately stop the construction of Dikhu Hydro Project at Dikhu joint.
The meeting also decided that public of Yongnyah area would abstain from the meeting which is scheduled to be held on March 15 at Dikhu joint.
The leaders while stating that the public of the area were totally ‘unaware’ of such extend of submergence during its initial stage of the said project, added the present survey mark being shown, 261 m (848 fts) high of concrete gravity dam would completely engulf the ongoing Shishi Bridge construction that stretched between Tangha-Kangching NEC Road, the only bridge which connects Phom area.
Moreover, the signatories added that the dam would also submerge 1,302.46 ha of forest area which is 90% of agricultural land whereas 90% of the total population of Phom villages directly depends on agriculture for their sustenance. “Longleng-Ladigarh road is our dream of 50 years, and our dream cannot be submerged in the name of development, and we are not in a position to accept any alternative (diversion or whatever)”, stated the leaders.
Keeping in mind the present scenario of climate change which is expected to increase severity of floods and massive emission of green house gas, the area leaders underscored that ecological imbalances, loss of natural and mineral resources, and loss in all round economic developments, would cause severe setbacks to the general public of the area. “Therefore, we will never let hydro plant to submerge our mainstay because we want roadways not waterways”, they added.
Should the authority in-charge continue to carry on the said project against the will of the public, the leaders affirmed that the people of the area would have no other option but would be compelled to face any eventualities leading to serious consequences, and for which, the authority would be held responsible.
Taking all this into consideration, the signatories have requested the authority in-charge to immediately stop the construction of this project in the larger interest of the general public.