KOLKATA: A student organization of the Hmar, a dominant tribe of Tipaimukh, declared to prevent the construction of the much-talked-about Tipaimukh hydro-electric project sacrificing their lives.
Acting president of Hmar Students Association (HAS) of Tipaimukh unit Ringa Khabru made the announcement while talking to banglanews correspondent in Tipaimukh area.
The main organization of the tribe is Hmar Peoples Convention (Democratic) and HSA is the front organization of the Hmar.
Locals said HSA owns the authority of making any comment over Tipai Dam in the area. So, if anybody wants to know about Tipai Dam he/she has to talk with HSA.
Despite being a tribal man, Ringa speaks fluent English. He studied at Christian Missionary School and College of Shilong. Now Ringa is working for the development of the people in his area.
Ringa proposed to banglanews correspondent to visit the area after talking about dam. He also took the correspondent to the site of Tipai Dam in Borak River.
“What kind of dam to be constructed here! Who will make it?” commented Ringa during the visit.
Being a little bit excited, he said, “We will prevent the construction of Tipaimukh Dam at any cost.”
He said the tribal people of the area would loss everything if the dam is constructed.
In response to a question, Ringa said, “There is no question of rehabilitation. We have been living here for generations. So, where will we go leaving the area?” he put the counter question.
Ringa reiterated that their urge to the Manipur State Government and Indian central government to step back from the initiative of building Tipai Dam.
Replying to a query, he said, “Manipur Rajyo Sarkar is the government for Manipur tribe. So, who will give importance our (Hmar’s) speech?”
He also commented that none can come here to construct dam.
Speaking about Bangladesh’s stance on Tipai Dam, Ringa told banglanews, “Some people from Bangladesh came here on helicopter in 2009. But they could not land in the area.”
He added: “Bangladesh has not to do anything. We will protest the initiative of constructing the dam.”
BDST: 1900 HRS, FEB 06, 2012
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