People belonging to indigenous Lepcha community have strongly opposed the proposed Teesta Stage 4 hydropower project in North Sikkim.
The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) is reportedly planning to go ahead with the project despite opposition from the people of the downstream areas.
The members of the Lepcha community fear that their livelihood, land, culture and the fragile Himalayan ecology will be jeopardised if the dam becomes a reality.
The State-run NHPC has already built a series of dams in River Teesta.
The Affected Citizens of Teesta (ACT) has been spearheading a movement against the dams in Teesta and its tributaries.