Bordered by Tibet, Tawang is a small district (county) in the state of Arunachal Pradesh India and is home to more than 40,000 Monpa Himalayan Tribes inhabiting in 181 villages. Tawang prides of having one of the largest & oldest Buddhist Monastery in Asia, the Birth place of the 6th Dalai Lama, sacred lakes, caves for meditation, beautiful snow peaked mountains and unique culture.
The peaceful place with strong cultural roots is shaken by the State Government of Arunachal Pradesh opening flood gates of hydropower projects wherein was learnt that the Government entered into 133 Secret MOUs with various Power Developer Companies most of which are private companies who smelt of huge corruption charges.
These projects threaten the very existence of people, their culture and the environment including the habitat of endangered species like the Black Neck Siberian Crane. It is also posing great risk of environmental catastrophe due to long term seismic potential of earthquake impacting on the dams in this top zone.
The Hon’ble Prime Minister,
Union of India
Subject: Memorandum for Saving the Ancient Buddhist cultural town district of Mon Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh by stopping the Construction of 15 Hydropower projects in Tawang district for 3500 MW.
Hon’ble & Respected Sir,
We the people of Monyul Tawang express our hearty Congratulations to you for the historic victory of BJP under your dynamic leadership in the last Lok Sabha elections and on being sworn in as the Great prime Minister of Mother India. It is a moment of pride for the nation to have personality like you as the Prime Minister when the country is in great need of s strong, dynamic and visionary Prime Minister. We pray for your long life, good health and success.
We, on behalf of “Save Mon Region Federation”, an Association launched to save the our region from the spate of construction of Hydro-power projects which threatens the existence of the people, the environment including the habitat of an endangered species like the black neck Siberian Crane, posing risk of environmental catastrophe due to long term seismic potential of earthquake impacting on the dams in this top zone V seismic risk area.
In cultural and religious terms, we are a small group of Monpa Himalayan tribe is at risk of being fully overrun by massive construction and demographic influx associated with hydropower development, so it is an issue of cultural as well as ecological survival.
The area of the Tawang district is approximately 2172 sq km., bordered by Tibet in the north, Bhutan in the south west and Sela range separate west Kameng district in the east. Tawang has the pride of having one of the largest & oldest Buddhist monastery in Asia, the birth place of Sixth Dalai lama, it is dotted with ancient Buddhist monasteries, scared lakes, Caves for meditation and beautiful snow peaked mountains. With a population of less than 50,000 inhabiting in 181 villages, Tawang lies roughly between 27.45 N and 90.15 E at the north east extremity of Arunachal Pradesh.
May it be submitted that we the people of border district of Mon Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh that our peaceful district with strong cultural roots were shaken by the State Government of Arunachal Pradesh under INC party led by Late Dorjee Khandu in 2006-07, the then Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh with opening of flood gates of hydropower projects wherein was learnt that the Government entered into 133 Secret MOUs (without following the mandatory procedures under the law) with various Power developers, maximum of which are private developers which smelt of huge corruption charges of under the table dealings with lakhs of Rupees fixed per MW. This has been continued further by the subsequent Chief Ministers from INC Government of Arunachal Pradesh.
The projects in Tawang district are Tawang Stage I & II by NHPC Ltd., for 1500 MW, Nyamjungchhu Stage I, II & III by Bhilwara Energy Ltd., for 900 MW, Nykcharongchu Rho, Mago Chu etc., by SEW Energy/EDCL Ltd., totaling 3500 MW. The MOUs with these power developers have been signed without taking the affected people’s consent.
We have been requesting the Govt. against the construction of said hydropower projects in Tawang district and appealing to the Government to stop the projects in the public interest for the reasons stated below:
We on behalf of the ignorant and peace loving people of Mon Tawang, once again appeal to you to kindly intervene to issue direction to the Ministry of Power, Govt. of India and the State Government of Arunachal Pradesh to stop the projects in Tawang district immediately in the interest of the public.
Save Mon Committee
Save Mon Committee