IMPHAL, May 10 - A one-day public consultation meeting on the �Impact of Trans Asian Railway Project� in Manipur resolved to urge the implementing authority to stop the ongoing railway line construction in the State.
The consultation meeting held at Manipur Press Club was jointly organised by Centre for Research and Advocacy Manipur, Youth Forum for Protection of Human Rights, Environment Conservation Network and Young Peoples for Social Reform and Youth Action Committee for Protection of Indigenous People.
Chiefs of villages affected by the railway works in Manipur and villagers also participated in the discussion where the speakers were against the projects.
The Northeast Frontier Railway is currently implementing the Jiribam-Tupul Railway project in the State.
Talking to reporters on the sideline of the event, participants of the programme alleged that the project has not only deprived the livelihoods of people of the areas affected by the project, but drastic damages have also been caused to the environment of the areas.
Another concern was the pollution of rivers caused by the waste products drained out of the work sites of the projects, the participants said, alleging that the water of the rivers running in the area was no more potable since the coming up of the project.
Giving the key note address, Kiran Thokchom, a member of the organisers demanded that there was a need for forcing the railway project to stop as the implementing authority has failed to address the plights of the people affected.