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Protests resume at Loharinag Pala

Ravleen Kaur
Down to Earth, Aug 15, 2010

AN INDEFINITE fast and protests are back at Loharinag Pala dam site on the Bhagirathi river, a key tributary of the Ganga in Uttarakhand, as the government decided to revive a 600 MW hydroelectric project on the recommendations of a Group of Ministers (GoM).

The GoM said the dam, when complete, should operate only for six months in a year and release 16 cubic metres (cumecs) of water into the main river. Construction of Loharinag Pala dam began in 2007 and was suspended last year. [more]