Water Resource department banned from entering Mapithel Dam in Manipur
An intense forms of agitations, bandhs and protests along Imphal-Ukhrul-Kamjong road, Imphal-Mapithel Dam road and bandh at Mapithel dam to continue.
The Joint Action Committee against Forced Construction of Mapithel Dam (JAC-AFCMD) and Mapithel Dam Affected Headmen, Chiefs, and Elders Organisation (MDAHCEO) on Friday announced that staff of the Water Resource department and its related agencies are banned from entering Mapithel Dam, Thoubal Multipurpose Project with immediate effect.
The joint action committee and MDAHCEO had submitted a memorandum of agreement with an ultimatum to the deputy commissioners and the state government on December 4, 2020, said the headman of Sakhibung village, Kamjong district, Wungreikhan Kasar in a press meet held at Manipur Press Club.
Since the ultimatum and memorandum of agreement has been ignored, entry at Mapithel Dam has been completely banned from Friday, he said. Further, intense forms of agitations, bandhs and protests along Imphal-Ukhrul-Kamjong road, Imphal-Mapithel Dam road and bandh at Mapithel dam will continue, he added.
He said the memorandum of agreement was made for payment of economic rehabilitation packages by March 25. It also sought approval to the jointly verified, left-out or pending names of people in regards to the economic rehabilitation packages from the affected seven villages, namely Sikibung village, Thawai Kuki village, Siloijang village, Resophung village, Island village, Thangjingpokpi village and S Bongjang village.
The memorandum further demanded taking a review of the people who have been left out or any existing discrepancies in the list of genuine beneficiary’s families on economic rehabilitation packages, he said.
He alleged that the memorandum of agreement has been violated by the district authorities concerned. A joint ultimatum was given to the minister of water resources with a decision to impose the ban from March 26 if the three points mentioned in the memorandum is not implemented within the stipulated period, he added.