Authorities in the north-eastern Indian state of Manipur have forwarded a proposal to the Indian Environment Ministry, seeking a forest clearance permit for the 1500 MW Tipaimukh Hydropower Project.

India’s state-owned NHPC (formerly National Hydroelectric Power Corporation) has floated a joint venture company with the Manipur state government and SJVN to implement the Tipaimukh Project. NHPC holds a 69 per cent share in the joint venture, the Manipur government 5 per cent, and SJVN 26 per cent.

The Tipaimukh Project has been designed to generate hydropower as well as provide flood mitigation on the Barak River. The project is due to be completed seven and a half years after receiving clearance from the Indian government’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.

However, critics of the project say that it will dramatically reduce water flow into the Surma and Kurshiara rivers, tributaries of the Barak, and this will cause major agricultural problems in Bangladesh.

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