Aizawl: Environmental organizations in Mizoram, including Project Save Tlawng and the Centre for Environment & Social Justice (CESJ), have raised their voices in protest against the Tlawng Fest, which was set to be organized by the Mizoram State Sport Council (MSSC) and the Mizoram Tourism Department (MTD). The event, originally planned for October 13 and 14, has been canceled due to concerns over its location within a reserved forest area.
Environmental activists cited violations of National Green Tribunal orders and environmental laws as the reasons for their strong opposition to the festival.
The CESJ, in a statement, expressed its disapproval of the festival’s organization, as the proposed location, Zobawk District Park, is situated within a Reserved Forest and Riverine Reserved Forest area. The CESJ emphasized that such an event would constitute illegal encroachment, referencing a 2022 order from the Hon’ble Gauhati High Court (HGHC). The activists revealed that they had expected the organizers to change the location in light of the legal constraints.
The CESJ further revealed that they had lodged a complaint with the Principal Chief Conservation Secretary of the Forest (PCCF) Department of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (EF&CC) of the Government of Mizoram. This complaint was rooted in the belief that the proposed event location did not align with the intended forest use, thereby constituting an encroachment.
Reports indicate that the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Lunglei district had advised the festival organizers to change the location, given the pending legal matters. The CESJ strongly condemned the concerned departments’ alleged disregard for court directives, especially in light of the potential environmental repercussions.
Representatives of CESJ said they supported the theme and purpose of the Tlawng Fest but vehemently opposed its location within a “non-forest purpose within Notified Reserved Forest area.”
In response to these concerns, the organizers decided to cancel the festival, despite having completed preparations for it. They expressed regret and offered apologies to all those who had planned to participate and those who had traveled to join the fest.
Over the past four years, EastMojo revolutionised the coverage of Northeast India through our sharp, impactful, and unbiased coverage. And we are not saying this: you, our readers, say so about us. Thanks to you, we have become Northeast India’s largest, independent, multimedia digital news platform.
Now, we need your help to sustain what you started.
We are fiercely protective of our ‘independent’ status and would like to remain so: it helps us provide quality journalism free from biases and agendas. From travelling to the remotest regions to cover various issues to paying local reporters honest wages to encourage them, we spend our money on where it matters.
Now, we seek your support in remaining truly independent, unbiased, and objective. We want to show the world that it is possible to cover issues that matter to the people without asking for corporate and/or government support. We can do it without them; we cannot do it without you.
Support independent journalism, subscribe to EastMojo.
The organizers conveyed their disappointment at having to change the location at the last minute and assured the public that the Tlawng Fest would be rescheduled in the near future.
- ‘Guess the Pervert’ challenges perceptions, unveils societal hypocrisy
- Assam to impart primary education through medium of tribal languages
- Tripura: Referral lab reports 5 to 15 HIV-positive cases everyday
- Meghalaya: Central team reviews Jal Shakti Abhiyan projects in Garo Hills
- ZPM leader Lalduhoma sworn in as Mizoram Chief Minister
- Research says climate change is causing lizards and other species to evolve