Politics of ecology

Print edition : June 14, 2013

Work in progress on a tunnel for the Maneri Bhali Phase II hydel power plant on the river Bhagirathi near Dharasu in Uttarkashi, a file photograph. The debris is dumped into the river. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

A landslide at Bhatwari village in Uttarkashi,Uttarakhand, on September 3, 2010. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna (second from left) with other Congress leaders from Uttarakhand, including Ministers, meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to convey the State government's opposition to the Central notification.

The Centre’s notification of a 100-km stretch along the Bhagirathi river in Uttarakhand as an eco-sensitive zone evokes a strong reaction from the Congress government in the State as well as from the BJP, besides sparking protest demonstrations.
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