Monday, August 06, 2007

Send Email to Sikkim CM and Sikkim Governor

Urging them to stop the ongoing Teesta V dam and to conduct a full, open and honest carrying capacity and EIA as it pertains to Sikkim and also ask the Govt to talk directly with fasting protestors in Sikkim ASAP.

Sikkim Govt is bulldozing ahead with Teesta V dam and other dam projects, all of which can ruin Kanchanjungha national park, Teesta river, Teesta river basin and the tribals and people who depend on the river. Worst of all there are huge issues with the projects itself from environmental, people sustainability angles, all of which has been brushed under the carpet in the name of 'development'.
Email to be sent (Please add/modify content to project your views)
Email Subject:
Please stop the ongoing Teesta V dam and talk to fasting protestors ASAP.
Email Body:
Dear Hon'ble CM of Sikkim Mr.Pawan Chamling, Hon'ble Governor of Sikkim Mr. V. Rama Rao,

My name is <> and I am based in <>.

I am writing to you with great concern with respect to the ongoing construction of Teesta V dam and other numerous projects that is planned in unscientific, ill planned manner in Sikkim. These projects will ruin the Teesta river, its river basin apart from tearing apart many tribal communities that depend on the river for their survival and livelihood.

I demand/urge/request you to do the following ASAP without dilly dallying.
1. The Government should stop the ongoing construction activities of the projects
2. Constitute a high powered review committee to look in to the concerns voiced by the protesters and the people of Sikkim on the issue of mega hydel projects in Sikkim.
3. It is very important for your government to talk directly with the fasting protesters and listen to their demands ASAP. The fast by protesters Dawa and Tenzing is inching to the 50 day mark and their health is rapidly deteriorating.

I request your immediate intervention to resolve this impasse while respecting the concerns voiced by the protesters and the people of Sikkim and the democratic manner in which these peace loving people have responded to the utter disregard shown by the State Government of Sikkim.

All talk of 'development' is bogus and useless if the local people/tribals/environment are put in jeopardy by unsustainable projects that is being rammed through based on fake environmental impact assessment reports, unscientific analysis and local tribals/people exclusive way just like it is happening in the state of Sikkim. As elected representative of people of Sikkim, I humbly urge you and strongly request you to act immediately without any further delay consider the precarious situation on the ground.
Thanks and Regards,


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