A presentation by Mr. Jayanta Madhab Tamuly, a fellow of the first Exchange Programme of the SSP on Hydel Power Development in Sikkim—An Assessment of the Teesta Project.
The Sikkim Studies Programme (SSP) of the Centre for North East Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, invites you to a presentation by Mr. Jayanta Madhab Tamuly, a fellow of the first Exchange Programme of the SSP on Hydel Power Development in Sikkim—An Assessment of the Teesta Project.
The Vice Chancellor, Mr. Najeeb Jung, IAS, has consented to grace the occasion. The programme will be chaired by Prof. Sanjoy Hazarika, Director, Centre for North East Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia.
Time: 12:30 pm
Date: 31 July, 2012
Venue: Ho Chi Minh Conference Room, MMAJ Academy of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Hydel Power Development in Sikkim-An Assessment of the Teesta project
Jayanta Madhab Tamuly
M.Phil, Dept. of Peace and Conflict Studies, Sikkim University
Exchange Fellow, Sikkim Studies Programme, 2012
Hydel power energy has been considered the cleanest source of energy and a source of renewable power generation. North East India, particularly the state of Sikkim holds great economic prospect for hydroelectric production. Twenty six hydroelectric projects have been proposed on the Teesta, the lifeline of Sikkim, which are in different phases of implementation. The mountainous state, with active support of the state government, has already achieved considerable development in the field of power generation. In the post-independence period, India has been looking for rapid economic growth through 'planned development'. This encompasses large-scale investments in dams, roads, mines, power plants, industrial estates, new cities and other projects. Such projects are vital components of the nation building process, especially considering their importance to the sector of energy and economy. But the crucial fact is that while development projects, especially the dams, have been growing in number, debates over their impacts on social and environmental sectors have also attained mass critical attention. Issues such as displacement, changing patterns of the use of natural resources, rehabilitation and resettlement question the real benefits of these dams. With this backdrop, the present research has objectively looked into the real scenario behind hydropower projects in Sikkim. Sikkim is host to wonderful ethno-cultural resources and unique bio diversity. While dams contribute to the energy and the economy of the state, people from the state are also questioning their impact on environment and society .Sikkim has about 8000 MW total hydro power generation capacity. The research examines and evaluates the role of the state government and various agencies as well as the social and the environmental aspects mentioned above.
The Exchange Programme
The Exchange Programme is designed to create an avenue for scholars/researchers from Jamia and Sikkim to work for three months on a range of issues related to their work. These include: Green Governance, including Climate Change and its impact: Critical Issues before small states: Social Stress and Coping Mechanisms; Border and International Trade in the Look East Policy as well as Governance, Security and Development. The basic objective of the fellowship is to enable scholars from Jamia and Sikkim to conduct research from secondary sources, field work and provide access to libraries as well as interact with experts. The Fellowship carries a stipend of Rs 25000/- (Rupees Twenty five thousand only) per month for three months with accommodation and travel allowance. The fellow has to make a presentation at the end of the fellowship period and share his / her research outcome.