COPPK opposes demarcation for reserve forest at Mt Koubru range

The COPPK said the government must, in letter and spirit, honour the ‘Gentleman’s Agreement (Status Quo on Mount Koubru)’ inked between the COPPK and representatives of the government on April 20.


Mt Koubru, Manipur (PHOTO: IFP)

 

The Committee on Protection and Preservation of Mount Koubru (COPPK) has opposed any move for demarcation of reserve forest or any developmental programme at Mount Koubru unless COPPK, SAHILCA, and other CVOs are taken into confidence or without prior consultation of the same.

The resolution was made by COPPK, Sadar Hills Chiefs’ Association, Kangpokpi District (SAHILCA), Kuki Inpi Kangpokpi, Kuki Students’ Organisation Sadar Hills, Thadou Inpi Sadar Hills and Thadou Women’s Association Sadar Hills on Sunday evening in an emergency joint meeting.

Concerning the mass tree plantation and reserved forest land-marking at Mount Koubru range at L Mangjol village in Kangpokpi district, the joint emergency meeting had announced a boycott on any activities on Monday.

The meeting also deliberately discussed the issue and took several decisions for the interest of the common public, said a release jointly signed by COPPK chairman, Thanglensei Kipgen, its secretary Lamtinthang Haokip and SAHILCA vice president, Haokholen Kipgen.

According to the statement, the COPPK, SAHILCA, CVOs and entire inhabitants of Mount Koubru range warmly welcome and appreciate any government programmes to restore back, protect and preserve the ecosystem and biodiversity in Mount Koubru and will keep supporting any efforts in future too.

However, it stated that the government must, in letter and spirit, honour the ‘Gentleman’s Agreement (Status Quo on Mount Koubru)’ inked between the COPPK and representatives of the government on April 20.

"Despite our efforts to meet on the issue for the past months, the state chief minister turned a blind-eye till today and as a matter of fact, considering all the above matters and to show our strong resentment, we unanimously declared to boycott the mass tree plantation and land-marking at Mount Koubru range", it stated.

The COPPK had also directed all the village chiefs, public leaders and common people to abstain from the same for the sole interest of the district, it added.

First Published:July 6, 2021, 4:49 p.m.

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