KANGPOKPI: Committee on Protection and Preservation of Mount Koubru has stated that it would not in any manner allow or agree on any terms and conditions to erect nor laid foundation stone based on Church, Temple or Mosque at Mount Koubru.
A press communique signed by the committee President Seimang Chongloi and Joint Secretary Thangminlen Kipgen said that the committee is shocked and surprised to come across the new development based on religions/faith based program on Mount Koubru by some vested interest group whose intention is seemingly to inject social unrest between different faith and communities in the state and Sadar Hills in particular.
Drawing the attention and making known of its position on Mount Koubru to the general public and the so called Mahousa KNBA Lup, it said that the committee as the name suggest and stand by its motto, “Save Mt. Koubru” is to preserve the ecological balance and bio-diversity by way of minimizing the overall human activity in Mt. Koubru range.
It also said that the committee has been actively involved in afforestation with the help of the state Government and has been undertaking various measures deemed necessary to minimize the carbon footprint in the range and area of Mt. Koubru.
“It is highly unfortunate that the so called Mahousa KNBA Lup is planning to lay a religious based foundation stone at the peak of Mt. Koubru”, said the Committee on Protection and Preservation of Mt. Koubru before adding that while respecting and sympathizing all the religious sentiments of various faith, it is against the sole objective of the committee to allow such human activities in Mt. Koubru as it would amount to ecological imbalance of the area and range of Mt. Koubru.
While the Committee strongly advice all concern including the so called Mahousa KNBA Lup to respect and acknowledge the “status quo” of Mt. Koubru, it said that Mt. Koubru should not become a “bone of contention and contestation” irrespective of caste, creed, language and faith for peace and harmony in the state and Sadar Hills in particular.
“No platform/forum nor community should try to claim ownership of Mt. Koubru based on particular religion or faith”, asserted the committee rather it said that the committee along with the local populace humbly welcome and invite any group of people to conduct any rituals at Mt. Koubru anytime and any season.
It further said that all matters related to Mt. Koubru must be with prior knowledge, consent and participation of the locals and the Committee on Protection and Preservation of Mt. Koubru anytime and in any table or forum.
It also advice all concern to withdraw or cancel any such program of laying a religious based foundation stone which may affect the ecological balance and cause detrimental to the interests of peace and harmony between different faith and communities in the state.