Aapdaravillagersurge Govt forrelocation


WANGCHUK BHUTIA

MANGAN, 22 FEB: Residents of Aapdara Village in East Sikkim which is located right above the dam of

510 MW Teesta Stage V HE Project want to be relocated to a safer place as the houses

have developed several cracks and the area is sinking posing a threat to their lives. “We can feel the tremors all the time. Doors and windows start shaking due to the vibration caused by the de-silting

chamber under our village,” says one of the local residents, Saroj Rai. The people here have been trying to get their houses acquired by NHPC so that they can shift to a safer location without much success.

Five families have already vacated their houses and are living with relatives. The villagers say that

only surveys and joint inspections are conducted by authorities time and again but their situation remains the same. It has been three years since the people of this village have requested authorities to resolve their problem. This village is a cluster of 27 houses, of which only 16 have been accepted by NHPC as having been damaged beyond saving but even these are yet to receive compensation.

The villagers here have no option left but to knock on the Chief Minister’s office and they are planning to

meet the CM soon. “We never thought that this situation would arise as we have given our land for the development of the nation,” said one of the affected villagers. The village has become even more unstable after the recent landslide at the dam site where an entire stretch started sinking again.