Expressing concern over the proliferation of hydrolectric projects and their impact on the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers, the SC has directed the environment ministry to not grant any environmental clearances to the hydro-electric projects in Uttarakhand.

The jury is still out on whether the existing and under construction hydro-power projects in Uttarakhand exacerbated the impact of floods there, but a group of environmentalists claim that the proj

A government report has pinned the responsibility of the Uttarakhand disaster on “haphazard human intervention” -- hydel projects, mining, de-forestation and infrastructure for religious tourism, w

Following the calamitous deluge in Uttarakhand, as criticism mounted that too many hydel projects were destabilising the hills, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna claimed that but for the Tehri dam, Ris

As people have struggled to come to terms with the scale of devastation and loss of lives in the flash floods last month, a number of faith-based explanations have taken root in this land fertile with legend and lore.

The Garhwal Himalayas have a disproportionate share of spirituality and mysticism-it is home of the holiest shrines of Hinduism and the ancient Char Dham pilgrimage, the Hemkund Sahib shrine worshipped by the Sikhs and two holy rivers revered across the North Indian plains and beyond.

The Uttarakhand government announced a series of major decisions on Monday for recovery and rehabilitation in the flood-hit state.

The state cabinet decided on a Uttarakhand Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (URRA), chaired by the chief minister (CM). It announced a ban on construction of new buildings on and around all river beds, besides a compensation plan for affected citizens.

Do we not know the magnitude of the havoc rains wreak across India season after season? So why are we behaving like we were dealing with something alien and unpredictable?

Report favours hydro projects but fails to give blueprint for balanced environmental needs and viability of Ganga as a water system

The recommendations of the Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) on hydropower projects set up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Himalayan headwaters of the Ganga seemed to have failed to address the concerns of environmentalists.

This preliminary report on Uttarakhand floods by National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) finds that “climatic conditions combined with haphazard human intervention” led to the disaster.

Srinagar (Uttarakhand) : The ground floors of more than 100 buildings seem to have disappeared. So has the basketball court, with only the top of the hoop mounted on the backboard visible.