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A dam big scandal

Kumkum Dasgupta, Hindustan Times June 17, 2010 Politicians love photo-ops. So I wasn’t very surprised to see Uttarakhand’s Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal take a dip in the Ganga during the Maha Kumbh and then hold a Cabinet meeting on its banks. He apparently wanted to…

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Scrap All Dams and Hydropower Projects on Ganga

MAINSTREAM, VOL XLVIII, NO 25, JUNE 12, 2010 The following is a statement issued by participants at a seminar “Social and Environmental Impacts of Hydro Power Projects on Alaknanda and Mandakini Rivers”, HNB Garhwal (Central) University, Srinagar (Garhwal), Uttarakhand, April 24-25, 2010. We, the undersigned,…

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Hydel schemes face power generation crisis

Our correspondent Tribune News Service Pitthoragarh, May 15 No rain-like condition in the hilly region of the state this mid summer has caused drinking water shortage and crisis of electricity generation in those mini and micro hydro electric schemes which are aimed at provide electricity…

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Uttarakhand to restrict tourists in eco-sensitive zones

Shishir Prashant / Business Standard / New Delhi / Dehra Dun May 03, 2010, 0:27 IST Gangotri, Valley of Flowers and other highly eco-sensitive zones of the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand may be becoming hot sites on the tourist map. But the Uttarakhand government now…

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Activists call for conservation of Himalayan rivers

Shishir Prashant / Business Standard / New Delhi / Dehra Dun April 10, 2010, 0:13 IST Opposing big dams, top social activists of Uttarakhand today called for a separate long-term policy for the conservation of Himalayan rivers and greater participation of locals in the development…

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Power plants will dry up Ganga in Uttarakhand: CAG

Times of India Pradeep Thakur, TNN, Apr 2, 2010 NEW DELHI: There would be no water in large stretches of the famed Alaknanda and Bhagirathi riverbeds if the Uttarakhand government goes ahead with its plan to build 53 power projects on these two rivers which…

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Free flow for Bhagirathi as govt shelves 2 dams in upper reaches

Nitin Sethi, TNN, Mar 31, 2010, 12.46am IST NEW DELHI: Bhagirathi, one of the key tributaries of the Ganga, will now flow untamed and unchecked through the year for at least part of its stretch. In a decision that shows heightened sensitivity towards the environment…

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Increased water level destroying houses along Tehri Dam

Uttarkashi, Oct. 31 (ANI): Due to an increase in the water level of the Tehri dam, cracks have erupted in many houses, while dozens have already submerged in water in Chinauli district of Uttarakhand. People living in the damaged houses are facing constant threat to…

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Landslips up, courtesy development

SMA Kazmi, Tribune News Service Dehradun, June 24 The magnitude of death and destruction caused by massive landslides in the mid-Himalayan region of Uttarakhand during the past decade points to the alarming rise in human interference in a fragile mountain eco-system that happens to fall…

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Kumaon villages lose faith in the ballot

BD Kasniyal, Tribune Pitthoragarh, May 19 Villagers of Kumaon, disappointed with their elected representatives for failure to provide them water, roads and electricity, boycotted the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections. The EVMs installed in their polling booths did not register a single vote. The villagers of…

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