Shimla: The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) has submitted an action plan to the state pollution control board for carrying out various protection works and stabilisation of muck dumping sites for restoring the damage caused to environment.

Sainj (Kullu): Contractors and subcontractors working at the phase-II of the 2,051-MW Parbati project being executed by the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) continue to dump muck into the Sainj river.

The corporation has not stopped work on the project despite a directive to that effect from the State Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board (SEPPCB) on April 17.

Udhampur: With resentment brewing among residents of Doda and Kishtwar districts over not getting benefits from hydel projects functioning in their areas, the PDP has stepped up its campaign in this connection.


The North-east is slated to be India's 'future power house' with approximately 170 large hydroelectric projects to generate around 70,000 MW planned in the region. The large dams juggernaut promises to be the biggest 'development' intervention in this ecologically and geologically fragile, seismically active and culturally sensitive landscape in the days to come.

Dams have had serious impacts on the lives, livelihoods, cultures and spiritual existence of indigenous, tribal and illiterate people, moreover on the physical environmental conditions and on the biodiversity of the area concerned. The dam related developmental activities in Ravi catchment area have been threatening the biodiversity in the whole catchment.

GUWAHATI, March 18

ITANAGAR, March 16