On CM’s advice, Dam JAC shelves bandh plan, next meeting on Nov 14
IMPHAL, 4th Nov: The 48-hour bandh that JAC against the Forced Construction of Mapithel Dam and MDAVHCEO planned to enforce along the Imphal-Ukhrul road and approach road to Mapithel dam has been called off after a meeting with chief minister N Biren on Saturday.
During the meeting between representatives of JAC and MDAVHCEO with the chief minister an agreement was arrived at to hold further talks on November 14 to sign a ‘final’ MoU with regard to the agitating bodies’ demand for extending economic packages, rehabilitation and resettlement of villagers affected by construction of dam component of the Thoubal multi-purpose project.
In the backdrop of the bodies threatening to enforce the bandh from November 4 midnight, Saturday’s joint meeting figured extensive deliberation on suffering of those villagers whose homestead and agricultural lands have been submerged under the dam waters.
According to JAC convener LM Thanmi Shimray, the meeting resolved to have threadbare discussion on various demands placed before the government in the November 14 meeting. On the advice of the chief minister, leaders of JAC AFCMD and MDAHCEO subsequently decided to call off the proposed bandh and wait for outcome of the upcoming meeting, he informed and conveyed gratitude to leaders of CSOs and local volunteers who have been supporting the cause of the JAC. The JAC had on October 24 announced its plan to impose the bandh in protest the alleged indifferent attitude of the state government to its demands.