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Dibang dam affected citizens resents non-fulfillment of demand

(25 Jan 2016)

The Dam Affected Citizen Committee (DACC) of New Anaya in Dibang Valley district has expressed strong resentment over non-fulfilment of a single demand submitted to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh during the public hearing held for Environmental Clearance of Dibang Multipurpose Project (3000 MW) at New Anaya in March, 2013.

The DACC lamented that though the state government has been nominated as one of the best performing states in power sector, the state government had a step-motherly attitude towards the dam affected people of Dibang Valley District.

The NHPC should provide compensation package for project affected families who have opted to resettle themselves at places of their choice other than the Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RR) area, the Committee said while demanding more R&R sites.

The DACC demanded the Government to develop model villages for the fully affected families in their old ancestral village within the district since the government and project proponent cannot forcefully dump the affected families in a single resettlement colony. The other demands of the committee included regular job at NHPC Ltd. to at least one person from each displaced family, the same policy which has been implemented in Teesta Power Project –V, Sikkim by NHPC Ltd, creation of a new administrative headquarters at the fully Project Affected Area of the rank not below than Sub Divisional Officer or Independent Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) in Dibang Valley District.

The DACC has also questioned the Government regarding the delay in clearing the pending project preliminary notification under section 4(1) of Land Acquisition Act 1894 which was published on 09-10-2013 against the DMP NHPC Ltd, which is very important for the implementation of hydropower policy and State Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy, 2008.

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