Press release note (14th March 2009)
Campaign on demanding `No Dam Zone in Dibang Valley'
Today on the day of March 14, 2009 which is observed all over the world as International Day of Action against Dams and for Rivers. water and Life', we the All Idu Mishmi Students Union and Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society demand Dibang Valley to be declared as an Ecologically Sensitive Zone according to the provisions under Section 3 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986 similar to that of the Aravalli hills where mining is banned.
Similarly, mega projects such as dam building should be banned in Dibang Valley and the region declared as 'No Dam Zone. A letter to this effect has been sent to the Prime Minister with copies to the officials of the Ministry of Environment & Forests and to the state Government of Arunachal Pradesh. A copy of the same is attached here with the release note.
The International Day of Action against Dams and for Rivers, Water, and Life was inspired and mandated by the participants of the 1997 First International Meeting of People Affected by Dams in Curitiba, Brazil. Every year on March 14, people around the world celebrate victories such as dam removal and river restoration, teach others about issues threatening rivers and communities, and demand improvements in policies and practices of decision-makers.
Dr Mite Linggi
Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society
All Idu Mishmi Student Union