Environment ministry has given the green signal to a dam in Uttarakhand, throwing all caution to the wind. It will damage the ecosystem, force people to migrate and obstruct the movement of the snow leopard.

The Rishikesh-Badrinath Highway was blocked by landslips near Joshimath, while the Kedarnath route remained disrupted at Sirobagad by boulders that slipped downhill. The Rishikesh-Gangotri National Highway has again been struck by landslips at Sukhitop and Bhatwari.

Rain claimed four lives in Uttar Pradesh and forced officials to issue an alert in Uttarakhand as the monsoon remained fairly active in North India on Wednesday.

Monsoon active in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand

Dam proposed on the Alaknanda

The Uttarakhand Infrastructure Project Company (UIPC) will develop 180 MW capacity small hydro-power projects in the State. A 71 MW capacity power project is being developed in the first phase. The State Government will receive a premium of `36 crore from this in addition to which investment in Uttarakhand will also increase.

Mild tremors were felt today in parts of North India, including New Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, at 11.57 am.

The quake, which measured 4.6 on the Richter scale, lasted for a few seconds.

The study reports the impact of migratory livestock in the buffer area of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary. The cumulative impacts of livestock grazing, fuel wood extraction and other anthropogenic pressures on forest cover in and around camping sites have been analyzed using satellite data and field observations.

Dehra Dun: Central teams arrived here on Thursday to make an assessment of the damage caused by landslides, cloudbursts and floods following incessant rain in various parts of Uttarakhand.

Three teams from the Centre comprising officers and experts of various departments have landed in Uttarakhand for making the assessment, a government spokesman said.

Natural disasters

During their three

A study was conducted to document spider diversity in Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, Chamoli District, Uttarakhand. The area is dense forest of Chir Pine, Oak, Birch and Rhododendrons.