Mapithel Dam affected villagers begin strike

Mapithel Dam affected villagers begin strike
Dam affected villagers block road as part of two-day strike. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Feb 17 | Publish Date: 2/17/2020 11:14:26 AM IST

Villagers affected by Mapithel Dam blocked the road in their areas disturbing vehicular movement on the first day of the total shutdown strike Monday.

Mapithel Dam Affected Villages Headmen/Chiefs & Elders Organisation (MDAVHCEO) gave a 48-hour ‘total shutdown’ on the road leading to the dam accusing the state government of neglecting their demand for providing rehabilitation and resettlement.

Going with their earlier announcement, MDAVHCEO has given a total shutdown call on the road leading to Mapithel Dam (Thoubal Multi-purpose Project) site starting from last midnight.

The strike would continue till February 18 midnight. The shutdown has affected the road leading to Mapithel Dam from Imphal-Ukhrul section of NH-202.

No unwanted incident was reported during the strike, a police source here said.

The villagers supporting the strike threatened that if their demands -providing rehabilitation and resettlement – were not address, they would be compelled to further their agitation with more intense forms.

“We are not begging but demanding our right to compensation for the damages caused to them by the project,” Singyui Siro, a member of Risophung Village Authority told reporters during the protest at Risophung village.

At Risophung village, the villagers imposed the total shutdown by prohibiting all kinds of vehicles passing through the village throughout the day on Monday. 

“We will continue to disturb the vehicular movement till tomorrow,” he said. He strongly charged the state government of neglecting the demands of the villagers.

He alleged that as many as 23 villages, both upstream and downstream of the dam were badly affected by the project. 

Since the blocking of the water by the dam in January 2015, some villages have been totally submerged, he lamented.

MDAVHCEO had served an ultimatum on the state government on January 24 last to translate into work rehabilitation and resettlement package which the state government had agreed to provide to the affected villagers.

Alleging that the ultimatum served failed to receive positive response, the organisation, on February 10 announced giving the total shutdown on the road to the project site. 


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