Imphal, Jan 8
Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) urged the the Department of Environment and Ecology Wing, Government of Manipur and Department of Forest, Government of Manipur for the urgent intervention with regard to the Illegal Mining of Stone at Tingtong Lajang, Kangpokpi (near Kotland Area before reaching Tupul), Filling up of rivers and streams along the Imphal-Jiribam Road and Imphal Moreh road, in Manipur.
A statement said that the Illegal mining of stone and mud from the hills has tremendously decreased the Greenery Hills and large scale deforestation has contributing to rapid increase on climate change which will have a serious impact on the living creature on earth. In other words Right to life is under threat due to uncheck unsustainable developmental projects.
“Environment and Life are interrelated. The existence of life on earth depends on the harmonious relationship between ecosystem and environment. Human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development and that they are entitled to healthy and productive life in harmony with nature,” the statement said.
Large scale Unsustainable Development Projects like (Road Expansion, Railway Projects, Power Grid Lines, Construction of Dams) being initiated in the state are observed to be major factors of deforestation, water pollution, air pollution, destruction of environment at large scale, displacement etc which further contribute to climate change and need a serious consideration immediately by the people and the aforementioned departments.
The YFPHR demanded to take up immediate measure to stop illegal mining of stone and mud immediately across the state; to stop polluting water bodies, air and environment; to adopt proper sustainable planning before initiating any so called developmental projects in the state; to save and protect river, streams, forest and hills for sustainable wellbeing of civilization and to conduct a thorough assessment on illegal mining of stone and mud, Filling up of rivers and streams and large scale deforestation.