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CFAR expresses concern over environmental degradation

 

Source: Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | Jun 4 : Centre for Research and Advocacy (CFAR), Manipur has expressed concern over the rapid degradation of the state of the environment in Manipur that reels in an unprecedented loss of forest, wetlands, and worsening climate change. On the occasion of World Environment Day 2018, CFAR would like to assert that the environmental degradation and devastation worsened in Manipur, primarily due to the pursuance of unsustainable development processes, a release said. It further added that the pursuance of India’s Act East Policy with its massive thrust on infrastructure projects and extractive industries for trade and commerce with financing by Asian Development Bank, World Bank and others have undermined the sustainability of the land and environment. The release also asserted that the massive pursuance of hydropower projects including the Loktak Multipurpose Hydroelectric Project, Mapithel dam, Khuga dam and Khoupum Dam amongst other have caused massive loss of forest and agricultural land. The cumulative impact of the construction of the four new hydro power projects in association with the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation will destroy forest and other survival sources of people while worsening climate change in the state, it claimed. Citing the damages caused by the construction of the Jiribam to Imphal Railway line, the release from CFAR further stated that the plan to explore and drill oil and gas by multinational companies and the mining of Chromite and limestone will also entail widespread destruction of land, forest and agriculture land. In view of the prevailing situation, CFAR, in its release, additionally urged the state government to rethink and reverse all unsustainable development models that leads to wanton destruction of forest, water bodies, agricultural land and environment of the state. The government should stop the increased corporatization of land and resources, and revoke the pursuance of unsustainable development models abetted by globalization, privatisation and corporatisation processes in the state, it added.