Villagers oppose NEEPCO’s hydro- power project


SHILLONG: A section of the residents of Thieddieng, has opposed the implementation of Mawphu Hydro Electric Project, Stage II, by North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO) in their land.


Addressing a press conference on Friday, Dmis P.Wanroi alleged that people’s agricultural land were destroyed following the implementation of the NEEPCO project.


She went on to alleged that NEEPCO had dug a tunnel in people’s land without consulting the land owners. “Even the headman is also involved,” she remarked.


An angry land owner, Simar Syierlait, asserted that she will not allow NEEPCO to use her land for the project as it had destroyed her agricultural crops, trees etc.


Interestingly, the affected residents don’t know how deep has the tunnel been dug as they were often informed that NEEPCO is only surveying the land.


“Till our last breath, we will not give away our land,” Wanroi said, adding that she has appealed the local MLA and MDC, Pynshngain N. Syiem who is also the Chief Executive Member of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) but to no avail.


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