Endangered Species in Tawang Region

 
 

The Projected area is the Habitat of endangered Species of Schedule 1 wildlife such as Clouded Leopard, Snow Leopard, Red Panda & Musk Deer etc. & home to several locally threatened plant species like Rhododendron, Taxes, Ponirochis, Saussurea, Obvallata, Fritillaria cirrhosa and Potentilla etc.

Absence of Cumulative Impact Assessment

There is no detailed impact assessment of the Tsa Chu II project on wildlife, biodiversity, social, environmental and cultural impacts, human rights impacts both in upstream and downstream of the proposed dam with due participation of affected communities as per the guidelines of the recommendations of the World Commission on Dams.

The PDD accepts on page 46, “The EIA is being carried out and at an appropriate time, the Environmental Clearance (EC) would be obtained from the Government of India.” This clearly shows that the Environment Impact Assessment has not even been carried out. How can than the project be declared as environment friendly? The project also thus violates requirement D2 mentioned on page 47.

The requirements of section E, is also not possible to fulfill, without and impact assessment and clearance from the statutory environment angle, forests angle and wildlife angles. The description from the section E makes it clear that there has been NO public hearing or consultation has required under Indian law or under WCD guidelines. It is shocking that EDCL has considered their own employees and equipment suppliers for this stakeholders consultations! They are clearly making the UNFCCC process a laughing stock.

As there is also no detailed and holistic impact assessment of the dam and also cumulative impact due to the planned construction of Tsa Chu II HEP together with other mega dams over major Rivers in Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh, the project authorities has violated the recommendations and guidelines of the World Commission on Dams. Moreover, it is not possible to certify the project to be of sustainable development, without the basic project level and cumulative impact assessment would be wrong, and improper. Without such an impact assessment it is not even possible to know if the impacts are quantifiable, acceptable, mitigable or desirable. Nor can the local communities and others know abut the impacts of the projects, without the impact assessment.