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Mounting public pressure against dams in Uttarakhand

Asian Tribune, Sat, 2007-10-13 01:44
By Bobby Ramakant

People of Uttarakhand state, are fasting since 9 October 2007 against the state government’s approval to building dams on Ganga and other rivers.

The native people of Uttarakhand who are to be affected from the dam constructions on rivers in the state, organized themselves and representatives of many people’s movements including journalists joined their agitation.

These dams have been sanctioned in Uttarakhand in the absence of comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) or Socially Impact Assessment (SIA). In India, though EIA came into existence around 1978-79, it was made mandatory only in 1994. [more]