This plan by India would create a large water storage capacity which is enough to offset the impact of Chinese dams on flows Credit: Representational image

Imphal: The proposed 48-hour banned called along the Imphal to Ukhrul and Imphal to Kamjong roads from December 3-4 has been suspended following an assurance by the state government for implementation of pending rehabilitation and resettlement of villagers affected by Mapithel dam.

In a press statement issued Thursday, Mapithel Dam Affected Headmen, Chiefs and Elders Organisation (MDAHCEO) said the proposed bandh call has been withdrawn following the “good assurance by the state authorities for implementation of memorandum of agreement on time”.

The organisation had proposed the bandh in protest against the failure of fulfillment of the agreement signed between them and the Manipur government.

The organisation has been demanding that the state provide rehabilitation and resettlement packages to all households affected by the construction of Mapithel Dam (Thoubal Multipurpose Project).

According to the MDAHCEO, only 60 per cent of the families affected by the project have been provided with economic livelihood rehabilitation packages so far.

A total of 23 villages, both downstream and upstream, have been affected by the project.

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