‘Civil Society of Sikkim’ rejects Teesta-IV HEP in Dzongu, demands ILP in State

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‘Civil Society of Sikkim’ rejects Teesta-IV HEP in Dzongu, demands ILP in State

BIJOY GURUNG

GANGTOK,: The proposed NHPC Teesta Stage-IV hydel power project in Dzongu and new mega power projects in Sikkim have been rejected by various organisations and individuals under the banner of ‘Civil Society of Sikkim’.
A resolution recording a strong objection to Dzongu hydel power project was adopted by the organisations and individuals during a discussion held on ‘Evolution of Article 371F and its significance today’ here on Sunday. Four resolutions were passed after the discussion organised by ‘Civil Society of Sikkim’.
Speaking to media, ‘I AM 371F Campaign’ coordinator Passang Sherpa pointed out to a recent meeting of the State chief secretary with the NHPC CMD regarding, among other things, Teesta Stage-IV hydel power project and new projects in Sikkim.
“We strongly object to such proposals and demand that Teesta Stage-IV project should not be implemented in Dzongu. Similarly, other new hydel power projects should not come up in Sikkim as such projects will only destroy our ecology. It was also resolved today that other hydel power projects operating in Sikkim should be reviewed or re-evaluated,” said Sherpa.
The 520 Teesta Stage-IV hydel power project is proposed in the Lepcha reserve of Dzongu and falls between the commissioned 1200 Mw Teesta-III project (upstream) and 510 Mw Teesta-V project (downstream).
Sherpa shared that the meeting today also resolved that Inner Line Permit (ILP) regime should be implemented in Sikkim to prevent influx and also from the perspective of national security. ILP system is also necessary to protect Sikkim from laws like Citizenship Amendment Act, he said.
Another resolution adopted was that the State government must fully implement the judgment passed by the High Court on fake CoIs and scrap all the fake CoIs or fake Sikkim Subject Subjects existing in the State, said Sherpa.
The meeting further resolved that Registration of Companies Act 1961, an old law of Sikkim, should be implemented in Sikkim.
As Sherpa shared, the event was also held to commemorate the birth anniversary of Late Chogyal Palden Thondup Namgyal.
“At the same time, it is also to speak on the huge pressure from Centre and different agencies…even the State government seem to be completely bulldozed by the Centre or the party ruling in the Centre. So we felt there is urgency in Sikkim to generate awareness among the people here about Article 371F, which gives special protection to Sikkim and its people. The Centre should realize that Sikkim is a special State,” said Sherpa.
The resolutions adopted on Sunday would be submitted to the Centre and Sikkim government, it was informed.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi