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Convention on “Save Loktak” held, denounces Loktak Project at Ithai Wapokpi

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Convention on “Save Loktak” held, denounces Loktak Project at Ithai Wapokpi

Environmental Journalist Rajesh Salam eloquently detailed the phases of the Loktak Hydro Electric Project and underscored its profound impact on the local community, particularly emphasizing the enduring challenges faced by the fishermen in the Loktak region. Rajesh shared his insights during a public convention titled “Impact of Loktak Hydro Electric Project” held at Ithai Wapokpi Public Ground in Bishnupur District, where he shed light on the project’s repercussions. Notably, the endeavor is being executed by the National Hydro Project Corporation (NHPC) Ltd.
Rajesh further highlighted the challenges faced by Loktak’s fishermen, citing insufficient water caused by the Ithai Barrage. In response, the government initiated the purchase of fish from external sources for local cultivation in Loktak, addressing the pressing concerns. However, the repercussions of the Ithai Barrage persist, causing significant issues for the public.
Moving into a critical perspective, Salam expressed that the cost-benefit analysis of the Loktak Project reveals its non-beneficial impact on Manipur, adversely affecting the state. Despite the state government and the public raising concerns, including those related to biodiversity, the National Hydro Project Corporation Limited (NHPCL) remains indifferent, being a central agency. This highlights a notable disconnect between the local and central perspectives on the project’s impact and its management.
Playwright Ranjit Ningthouja poignantly remarked, “With a mind as capable as the Jews, we are still in slumber. Persistent inaction will not rescue Loktak.” Ranjit passionately urged for a shift in focus, asserting, “Our priority should be saving Loktak, not endorsing the Loktak Project. The ballot should favor politicians dedicated to preserving Loktak.”
Citing a critical need for astute leadership, he lamented, “Our struggle lies in the inability to discern effective leaders. To safeguard Loktak, we must meticulously choose leaders committed to this cause.” This plea emphasizes the pivotal role political choices play in the conservation efforts for Loktak.
The event was graced by Ranjit Ningthouja, Writer; Rajesh Salam, Environmental Journalist; RK Birjit, State Co-ordinator, Manipur, Indian Bird Conversation Network (IBCN); and K. Jugeshwor, Retd. Principal, Kumbi College.
The gathering numbering around 1000 people shouted slogans “No extension of NHPC,” “We won’t survive without Loktak.”
The distinguished panel, featuring luminaries like Ranjit Ningthouja, Writer; Rajesh Salam, Environmental Journalist; RK Birjit, State Coordinator, Manipur, Indian Bird Conservation Network (IBCN); and K. Jugeshwor, Retired Principal, Kumbi College, graced the event with their presence. Amidst the passionate discourse, the assembly, comprising approximately 1000 individuals, resonated with unified cries of “No extension of NHPC” and the resolute declaration, “We won’t survive without Loktak.” This fervent expression underscores the collective determination to resist the continuation of the National Hydro Project Corporation’s influence and underscores the vital importance of safeguarding Loktak for the community’s survival.

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