Raju Mimi

Water conflicts in Arunachal Pradesh have left power projects and people at opposite ends of the struggle. Understanding, and not merely suppressing people, will help resolve this conflict.

Arunachal Pradesh, a state rich in water resources, has a huge potential for cheap and plentiful power. Isolated and one of the least developed states in the country, today it is viewed as the ‘powerhouse’ of the country.

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The Idu Mishmi community in Arunachal Pradesh are strongly against the project. Public hearing finally held after being cancelled 14 times.

The Dibang Multipurpose Project (DMP) proposed on the Dibang river in Arunachal Pradesh by NHPC Ltd (National Hydro Power Corporation), is slated to be India’s highest dam. A concrete gravity dam that will resist the pressure of impounding water through its own weight, its capacity is 3000 megawatts (MW). The dam is a hydropower-cum-flood moderation scheme to be set up in Munli, which is situated about 43km from Roing.

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To enable the community to challenge destructive projects such as dams, a sensitization programme on environmental flows or ‘E-flows’ was organised at Guwahati, Assam

The ‘Workshop on Environmental Flows’ was organized by Aaranyak and River Research Center (Kerala) and supported by International Rivers, on 6th of May 2012. Around fifty participants representing different grassroots organizations and communities from eight states of North East India along with resource persons from various parts of India participated in the one day workshop held at Indian Institute of Bank Management (IIBM), Khanapara, Guwahati, Assam.

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The second Sustainable Mountain Development Summit of the Indian Mountain Initiative (IMI) was held on May 25 at Chintan Bhawan, Gangtok

Around 250 delegates from eleven hill states of India along with representatives from Darjeeling hills participated in the two days summit. It was organized by Ecotourism and Conservation Society of Sikkim (ECOSS) jointly with Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA).

 

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This article sheds light on the traditional water festival celebrated before the new year in Arunachal Pradesh

This video features Sangken, the traditional festival of water marking symbolic purification before the new year in Arunachal Pradesh.

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Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies, an affiliate body of the Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh organized a three day international seminar on Resources, Tribes and State from 13th to 15th February 2012. The seminar was sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi and NER, Shillong, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIS), Kolkata, Anthropological Survey of India (ASI), Kolkata and Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hill, Doimukh.

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RGU Vice Chancellor, Professor David R Syiemlieh

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This report deals with an event on resolving water conflicts in the North East held at Guwahati.

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