Clean Ganga project

The Ganga’s last gasp

Print edition : January 20, 2017

The powerhouse on the Ganga at Uttarkashi, a 2013 picture. The government’s proposal to amend the ESZ notification would permit the construction of 10 hydroelectric power projects on a 100-km pristine stretch of the Ganga. Photo: V.V. Krishnan

A landslide in Varunawat mountain in Uttarkashi in 2003. According to an expert committee report submitted to the Environment Ministry in April 2014, hydroelectric power projects caused the destabilisation of slopes, which resulted in landslides. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

The Environment Ministry’s proposal to alter the eco-sensitive zone status of the first 100-kilometre stretch of the Ganga meets with resistance from the Ministry of Water Resources, and the Namami Gange project remains on paper.
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