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Tipaimukh Project

Tipaimukh Project

With reference to the letter by Aram Pamei (March 31) I would like to offer my full support to the demands voiced by the Naga Women's Union. It is unfortunate that we have not learnt from costly mistakes made in the past and highly disruptive projects like Tipaimukh dam are being pursued and that too without adequate care and caution. It is apparent from Aram Pamei's letter that even to the extent information on social and environmental impact of this project has been collected, it has not yet been made available to the affected people and their representative organisations like Naga Women's Union. It is now increasingly accepted even within government circles – and in fact this is explicitly stated in the freedom of information bill pending with a select committee of parliament – that all information relating to a big project which affects the life of people should be made available to them in advance. Therefore this information should certainly be provided to the people affected by Tipaimukh project. In India several independent scholars and social activist groups have acquired a lot of expertise to help understand the impact of large dam projects. They should also come forward to help the people likely to be affected by Tipaimukh project.

Bharat Dogra
New Delhi

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