Dikchu, 30 Aug:
The Affected Citizen of Teesta and Save Dzongu organized a meeting at Hee Gyathang Panchyat Ghar today to register their protest against the implementation of the 510 MW Teesta Stage IV hydroelectric project.
Present for the meeting were ACT General Secretary, Gyatso Lepcha, member Tenzing Lepcha, former chairperson Chopel Lepcha, Save Dzongu president, Ugen Lepcha, Kalzang Dorjee Lepcha, Champa Leekden, Zilla members and Panchyat members of Hee Gyathang and Lingdong Barfok GPUs along with the public.
The meeting started with prayers at Ring Khola led by Bongthing Tshering Lepcha.
SHG member Chenjay Ongmu Lepcha, speaking on behalf of SHGs of Hee-Gyathang GPU, opposed the project and said that Article 371F of the Constitution of India which accords special status to Sikkim will be under threat if the project is implemented in Dzongu.
Similarly, ACT general secretary Gyatso Lepcha conveyed gratitude towards those who came from outside Dzongu to support the cause and stated that ACT has been fighting against the Project for the past 12 years.
“Since we started our battle against the project in 2007, we faced a lot of challenges and learned a lot from it,” he said.
He added that a protest rally will be organised in Gangtok in the coming days and appealed to the younger generation to come forward and help save Dzongu.
Save Dzongu member Kalzang Dorjee Lepcha , in turn, said that they were gathered to save their motherland and were prepared for any sacrifice for the cause.
He recollected that in the run up to the elections, a petition had been submitted to SKM president PS Tamang [Golay], and then MLAs Kunga Nima Lepcha and Sonam Lama and they had promised to scrap the project but no action has been taken yet.
“I am also the SKM CLC President for Dzongu constituency and if my party does not stop the Teesta Stage IV, am ready to resign from the post,” he said.
ACT member, Tenzing Lepcha, reminded the gathering about the support received from students during the hunger strike in Gangtok in the year 2007 and hoped of similar support this time as well.