Lehvaz Village: Many Problems and No Solution

Lehvaz Village: Many Problems and No Solution


Lehvaz Village in Syunik Region is exposed to the heaviest environmental risks, nevertheless, it hasn’t be recognized as an impacted community, it doesn’t have social and environmental programs, it doesn’t have gas supply, instead it has low-quality drinking water, polluted soil and air, and unemployment.

Under the conditions of no gas supply, Lehvaz heats itself with wood, which is brought from Kapan, as a certain part of the village area is included in the area of “Areviq” National Park. Though there are 2 SHPPs constructed in the village area, the residents, as in other impacted communities, don’t enjoy any privileges in paying for electricity. Under Lehvaz Ex Village Head Sasun Zaqaryan, SHPPs don’t interfere with irrigation, nevertheless the fish has disappeared and the SHPP noise disturbs them.

“The river used to have fish in it before the SHPPs: as soon as they appeared, the fish disappeared. It doesn’t matter that the state design requires having a fish passway, that’s formal, they design the project and construct it, nevertheless, the fish comes and small ones flow into the turbine,” Sasun Zaqaryan said.

Drinking water is another important problem for Lehvaz: “We’ve taken our water from the pipeline laid to Agarak copper and molybdenum combine: the water from the combine is not clean, it doesn’t flow through any cleaning station, but there was no other way out, as the people didn’t have water. We don’t deal with “Veolia Jur”...We have another very hazardous problem in our community, which is sewage: people want to live a normal life, make use of sewage system, but they take the pipes to the river,” Sasun Zaqaryan said.

Lehvaz is exposed to the impact of Agarak copper and molybdenum combine, Litchq copper mine, Litchqvaz-Tey gold mine, nevertheless the community has been considered as an impacted one only for Litchqvaz-Tey gold mine. In the frames of community optimization program, Lehvaz joined Meghri and even the only small aid provided by the mine to community, garbage collecting car, passed to Meghri. The prior arrangement on employing Lehvaz residents in Litchqvaz-Tey gold mine also doesn’t work. The villagers can’t sell their land areas, as they are polluted with the mining products.

Lehvaz residential area has around 650 residents and 127 household and is the largest village in Meghri area. 

The material was developed in the frames of “Supporting new reforms in SHPP sector through CSO-government dialogue” supported by UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme".

May 29, 2018 at 11:26