Save Riparian Communities of Assam: Action Towards Big Dams and RHEP's Accountability.

Save Riparian Communities of Assam: Action Towards Big Dams and RHEP's Accountability.

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Anwesha Dutta started this petition to government of assam

Below is an excerpt from an article by Shailendra Yashwant published on 2nd May, 2019 titled : "Red river turns black in North East India" (link here https://bit.ly/2DUupL7

"Ranganadi means red river. But Ranganadi ran black and turbid on Rongali Bihu, the Assamese New Year’s Day, this April. On February 9 this year, an unprecedented amount of silt and muddy water was released from the Ranganadi dam of North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO)’s 405 MW Ranganadi Hydro Electric Project (RHEP) near Yazali in Arunachal Pradesh. Shortly after the sudden release of silt by NEEPCO, scores of dead fish of different species and sizes were seen “lying at the bank of the river at Lichi, Upper Sher, Lower Sher, Boda, Upper Jumi and Komasiki village areas,” according to a statement by local NGO Jumi, Komasiki, Cher Green Plus Society (JKCGPS). Local communities say , "That Ranganadi dam is like the government’s curse upon our people. In monsoons the floods have worsened because of the dam, in winter the river dries up because of the dam. Our paddy fields are affected by the floods and now there is no fish in the river. The water is unusable for even washing anything.”

Upstream stakeholders have constantly undermined and ignored the rights of the marginalised downstream riparian communities. Quite often putting their lives and livelihoods at risk. Communities right to shared waters should be respected by all private and public actors.

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