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CYO, Chumoukedima villages say no to proposed gas pipeline

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 30: The Chakhroma Youth Organization (CYO) and the concerned villages in Chumoukedima have decided not to allow the proposed gas pipeline within its jurisdiction. This decision was taken during a joint consultative meeting held on September 25 at Medziphema town between the CYO and the concerned villages, where the proposed gas pipeline is to be installed.
The meeting reiterated its stand that the CYO would be the only mandated organization to forward the grievances of the affected landowners.
Taking into consideration the multiple incidents that have occurred across the country in various States resulting in bursting of gas pipeline and completely leading to loss of lives and properties despite all safety measure, the meeting expressed fear and apprehension that it would endanger the lives of the people with the introduction of gas pipeline project along NH-29 as there are many villages along the stretch of National Highway, besides the area is prone for landslides, mudslides, rockslide/falls, etc., from the stretch of Chumoukedima till Piphema.
The meeting also cited National Centre for Seismology (NCS) data, which has put Nagaland in the Seismic Zone-V which is a vulnerable zone for major earthquakes.
“Although this gas pipeline may be for the greater convenience of gas market and the economy, it has its demerits and drawbacks beyond reasonable doubt which can lead to loss of lives and properties even on a slightest mishap or technical breakdown”, a press release issued by the different organizations stated.
Taking into consideration various factors and after a healthy deliberation and discussion, the meeting unanimously decided that it is not feasible to install the gas pipeline within the jurisdiction of Chakhroma.
It further cautioned the IGGL Contractor to refrain from doing any developmental activities and warned that it would be held entirely responsible for any untoward incidents.
(Page News Service)