Dolaithabi dam concerns Saikul CSOs, ADC member

KANGPOKPI, 23rd Sep: Civil society organisations of Saikul Gamkai and a member of ADC Sadar Hills have drawn the attention of Chief Minister N Biren Singh towards the ‘unrest’ situation besetting Saikul area as a consequence of rising water level of Dolaithabi Barrage at Dolaithabi.
The Saikul CSOs Saikul also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister in connection with the matter and urged the latter to initiate appropriate measures within a month so as to avert further catastrophic damages being caused by swelling water of the barrage.
Though Dolaithabi Barrage project was undertaken to provide irrigation water to the downstream areas of the dam, water of the Zil (Iril) river has been on the rise and causing perennial flooding since 2018 due to blocking and retention of water at the dam site, the CSOs pointed out.
Further stating that the stagnated water of Zil river, which stretches for 15-16 km up to Molkon village from the dam site, has been creating artificial flooding of prime agricultural land and human settlement areas, the memorandum cautioned that allowing the situation to persist will ultimately pose serious threat to environment and ecology as plants/trees on both sides are already withering while the odorous smell of the accumulated water is creating health issues among the people of Saikul especially those residing nearby the river bank.
It further stated, in the event of lifting the blockage or releasing the accumulated water, the receding water will cause soil erosion and landslide on both sides of the Zil river which will lead to loss of vast tract of arable land.
Reiterating its appeal to the Chief Minister for taking up necessary action and appropriate measures to address suffering and concerns of the people of Saikul, the CSOs cautioned that in case the government fails to honour the humble appeal within a month, people of Saikul will be compelled to resort to take up any step deemed appropriate.
Meanwhile, Thangkam Lupheng, who is a member of ADC Sadar Hills has also appealed to the Chief Minister to look into the grievances and hardships of Saikul people and do the needful at the earliest.

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