Imphal, April 19 2013 : Naga Chiefs’ Association, Chandel (NCAC) has raised strong objection to the proposed construction of Chakpi Multi-Purpose Project (Mega Dam) across Chakpi River at Lijong under Chakpikarong Sub-division in Chandel District.
In a statement signed by its General Secretary Marim Chothe, NCAC contended that the design of the Govt.of Manipur to clandestinely pursue the project without Free, Prior and Informed Consent of the Indigenous people living in and around the Dam site is in violation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) and the recommendations of the World Commission on Dams 2000 which recognizes indigenous people rights over their land and resources.
Therefore, the Govt.of Manipur must withdraw its proposal immediately in the best interest of the general populace living in the district.
NCAC observed that people of Chandel District would welcome development in the district but the proposed dam is not for development but it will be a disaster to the ancestral lands of the people as vast tract of agriculture lands and forest areas would be submerged and thousand of villages and churches would be displaced.
In such a situation, Naga Chiefs would never remain a silent spectator but would without any compromise against such anti-people developmental policies.
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