Families express Teesta reservations

Statesman News Service
KALMPONG, May 30. — Focusing on the need for proper resettlement under the areas affected by the NHPC work, organisers of the three-day workshop expressed the need for proper compensation to all the families.
In an interaction with the affected families from the project site of the NHPC, (who had attended the seminar from various parts of the country) the corporation has been alleged to have mislead the masses.
Mr Saroj Tamang (29), from the site of TLDP-III at 27th Mile, accused the corporation of concealing the hazards related with the project. “Neither did they approach us for any advice or opinion at the time of its initiation nor have they spoken to us regarding the compensation,” Mr Tamang said.
“On top of that, we have been facing problems with their resettlement plans as well. We will have to adjust ourselves to the new surroundings fixed by the NHPC. We have also approached the Darjeeling DM but to no avail,” Ms Meena Tamang, from area of TLDP-III, said.
Similarly, Mr Jigme Sherpa (38) from the site of TLDP-IV at Kalijhora, said: “Its a fact that muscle power was used during the time of public gearing on 9 September last year as most of the attendants were outsiders.”
Asking that the land acquired by the locals should be registered in their respective names, Mr Tamang said: “The place we are residing in falls under the disputed land.
However, one section of it has been handed over to the NHPC on lease.”
“We have also decided to stall the project if the dispute over land is not finalised,” Mr Tamang warned.
Mr Karpel Rima, a resident from the NHPC project site of Dorok Bangh in Arunachal Pradesh, said: “We have not been informed about the project or the environmental impact assessment. The NHPC underestimates us by considering us as backward people,” he said.
Rejecting accusations, the consultant (PR) for NHPC, TLDP, Mr PK Parajuli, said that the compensation packages for the families have been prepared and are ready for dispersal.

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