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Save Teesta River

Save Environment save UNESCO World Heritage site

No More, Dam in Sikkim

 

“The Dam is coming, dam is coming

River Teesta is in drying

Khanchendzonga National park is drowning 

World Heritage site is devastating

Sikkim uproar no more dam 

The dam is a big, a big game”

 

 

Sikkim is one of the Himalayan states of India

Area of Sikkim: 7,096 sq.km

Population: 6.11 lakhs (2011 census)

List of Hydropower Project in Sikkim: see the attachment file

Location of dam and tunneling: see the attachment file

Environmental Based Movement in India:

1.      Chipko Movement-started in 1970

2.      Narmada Bacho Movement – started in 1985

3.      Affected Citizen of Teesta Movement- started in 1990

 

 

 

BACKGROUND OF STORY

Rivers are an integral part of the Skkimmese ethos. Much of the folklore and traditions of the locals revolve around the mighty Teesta and the Rangeet rivers. The river Teesta not only sustains the livelihood of the locals by preserving and propagating the rich bio-diversity, but also is the very backbone of sikkim’s culture heritage. Lepchas as holy and the cradle of their civilization regard the river’s source in the north. It is home to diverse ecological systems inhabited by rich and diverse flora and fauna and many protected species of plants and animals. The Lepcha tribal and non tribal villager’s honors ‘mighty Tessta River’ in their songs and folklore at auspicious time. A numbers of written accounts and ballads refer to the rivers and one most secret river in Sikkim. Since North Sikkim has been a restricted area, especially the Dzongu, the whole of the North District, was declare a “Protected area” by the erstwhile king of Sikkim; and this special status is uphold by the constitution too that became relevant to Sikkim since its accession in 1975. Notwithstanding the tradition and the Constitutional imperative, the Dzongu protected area, which also falls within the restricted area of Kanchendzonga Biosphere Reserve Area, and since 2016, it listed in UNESCO Heritage site, the construction activities of the project are being allowed in this protected area. Thus, the present study is associated with development and subsequent socio-culture and economic changes experienced by the population residing on the settlements situated along the river Teesta of Sikkim. After India independence, the capitalist model of large infrastructure industries and centralized hydroelectric projects prevailed  in development planning, it was in the Nehru era that large dams were considered to be the ‘temples of modern India’ thus it was out of question then to raise any doubt about the efficacy and propriety of such projects. Even the effected people did not dare to question their displacement and destitution. From the late 1970s, observing the aftermath of various ‘development’ project throughout the India, experts and common people have challenged them on a number of level.  Projects have proved to be untenable and undesirable- ecologically, economically and socially. Such power projects have been in the Himalayan state of Sikkim even before its merger with India in 1975. The first of this came up in the year 1913; a London based company “Burn & Company Limited” and the Royal Sikkim Government, through a deed of “Hydro Electricity Scheme”, on River Teesta, set up the project then. Mr. B.J Goud Esquire was the political officer of Sikkim at that time. The project was not successful because of environmental issue,

 If we go through the brief History of India’s geography, the Himalayas the stage was set for the formation of the youngest of India’s geological features. Given the tectonic pressures, this is why the Himalayan range is one of the most dangerous places to build large dams. even on 8/06/17, Sikkim express local news paper reflect that the departmental report showing that all the four district head quarter area or Bazer surrounding are highly vulnerable to sinking, landslide and triggering or suppressing the damage, hence have to think about it carefully not for today for future. SAVE RIVER TEESTA, SAVE LAND & ENVIRONMENT

Details regarding AFFECTED CITIZEN OF TEESTA (ACT) and North Sikkim, is available in this www.actsikkim.com/teesta.html and www.weepingsikkim.blogspot.com  

 

 

 www.actsikkim.com



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