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Over 100 hydro projects in Uttarakhand blocked

Times of India
Nitin Sethi, TNN, Jul 16, 2010

NEW DELHI: More than 100 hydroelectric projects planned by the Uttarakhand government are in jeopardy. The Union environment and forests ministry’s Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) has decided not to give forest clearance to any of the proposed projects until the National Ganga River Basin Authority conducts a cumulative impact assessment study of all proposed dams.

Uttarakhand has planned to build 300 small and large dams on the various tributaries of the Ganga to tap the hydel potential of the state. The FAC has decided not to allow even one dam to proceed unless the total impact of all proposed dams is studied. [more]