This assessment of cumulative impacts of hydroelectric projects in Alaknanda and Bhagirathi river basins in Uttarakhand. It takes into account impact of 70 Hydro Electric Projects of which 17 are existing, 14 are under-construction and 39 are proposed.

In order to optimize the local and regional, socioeconomic and cultural benefits of rafting on Ganges in Uttarakhand without impacting the ecological and environmental assets of this Himalayan region, it is important to rationalize the annual and daily operating times and numbers of rafts and rafting camps.