SMRF writes to PM on Tawang hydro

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: The Save Mon Region Federation (SMRF) has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking rollback of the Tawang-II 800 MW Hydro electric Project.
In a submission to the Prime Minister, the SMRF stated that a decision to rollback the project was already taken by the elected representatives and the land effected people of the area in a meeting, which was also attended by the administration in February 2017.
It informed that a closure report of the NHPC project was submitted to the state government based on the outcome of the meeting, and the state government was yet to act on the report.
The organisation further informed the prime minister that seven project affected villages have again passed a resolution on 12 July this year against the hydro electric project.
In another representation to the prime minister, it said that land acquisition process of forest land pending forest clearance is “illegal and therefore it should be stopped”.
Proceeding with land acquisition pending forest clearance is illegal as there is an overlap between land being diverted under Forest (conservation) Act, 1980 and Land Acquisition Act. (ATNS)