Dam threatens to submerge 100 Churches: Manipur Christians protest dam project

Dear Readers,

We, in Archdiocese of Bombay, are facing similar situation. In the name of Development. Our Churches are being targeted and being served with Land Acquisition Notices, unjustly. Opposition to this unjust land grab by authorities is being termed as opposition to developments.

As the report states, around Hundred Churches will be submerged under water, once the dam is built, which will then vanish into oblivian.

Nearer home,  we have a history of one very ancient Church known as Church of Our Lady of Ampar, which is submerged in the belly of VIHAR LAKE. Statue of Our Lady was shifted to St. John Church, Marol.

Christian population has, as we all know, always become a soft target in the name of development. SILENT VOICE condemns these actions of powers that be.



Manipur Christians protest dam project

They claimed the project might trigger ethnic conflict between the two districts.


 Manipur Protests
(Photo: The Sangai Express)


Christian groups in Manipur’s Chandel district have submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on March 25 seeking his intervention to stop a proposed multi-purpose project in Chakpikarong area.

Members of 27 Christian denominations jointly said in the memorandum that the proposed “Chakpi Multipurpose Project” which includes a dam threatens to submerge 100 churches.

Moreover, the project threatens to submerge several villages, adversely affecting the total population of some 122,700 people in an area of 3,313 square kilometers.

They accused the state government of pushing the projects without considering the ill effects of it on the local population.

The project’s main aim is to divert the water from Chakpi River and irrigate 9,495 hectares in Thoubal District to facilitate multiple cropping and improve the economic life of its people.

But the project is designed at the cost of indigenous tribal people and their land in Chandel district, and it might trigger ethnic conflict between the two districts, the memorandum said.

The government estimates some 26,000 workers may come for project and this influx of non-indigenous workers is a “grave danger” for the local people, the memorandum said.

The influx may lead to minority tribal people “losing their culture, custom, religious and unique way of life through mixed marriages, acculturation and assimilation,” it said.

Source: kanglaonline.com

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Map of Manipur showing location of Keibul Lamj...

Map of Manipur showing location of Keibul Lamjao National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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