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Damning audit of Uttarakhand hydel policy

The CAG indicts Uttarakhand for pursuing hydel power projects indiscriminately without concern for the environment.

Frontline, Volume 27 – Issue 24 :: Nov. 20-Dec. 03, 2010

IN a severe indictment of the Uttarakhand government, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India said it was pushing the State towards a major environmental catastrophe by following a highly ambitious hydropower policy. In a report titled “Performance Audit of Hydropower Development Through Private Sector Participation”, which was released recently, the CAG substantiates the allegations made by non-governmental organisations and project-affected people that the government had overlooked environmental concerns. The report has come at a time when the government is under the scanner for the damage caused by the Tehri hydroelectric project and the Loharinag Pala hydel power project in Uttarkashi district, which has been stalled since August. [more]