tawang-monks-oppose-arunachal-pradesh-governments-fresh-push-for-hydropower-projects

  • Proposed projects would affect the nesting grounds of the endangered black-necked crane 
  • Also threaten several holy Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the region.
  • Most of these projects are proposed in the Tawangchu and Nyamjang Chhu river basins, a haunt of the black-necked crane considered a sacred embodiment of the 6th Dalai Lama who was from Tawang.
  • The 780 MW Nyamjang Chhu project in Zemithang Valley is one of 13 projects with a total capacity of 2,890.10 MW proposed in Tawang district.
  • The valley is the winter home of the black-necked crane.
  • Nyamjang Chu is a cross-border perennial river that originates in the Shannan province of Tibet and flows into the Arunachal Pradesh state of India, joining the Tawang Chu river just before it enters Bhutan.
  • The black-necked crane is a medium-sized crane in Asia that breeds on the Tibetan Plateau and remote parts of India and Bhutan.
  • Listed in Schedule I of Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 and as Endangered on the IUCN Red List.