A study was conducted in different forests of districts of Rudraprayag and Pauri (Uttarakhand) in the Central Himalayas for determining the physical and chemical features of soil. The findings indicated that there was more accumulation of minerals in the undisturbed forests irrespective of disturbed forest type.

Shishir Prashant / Dehradun November 24, 2008, 0:27 IST

The new power policy reposes faith on local people and gram panchayats.
After many of its big hydel projects ran into problems owing to environmental threats, the Uttarakhand government is focussing on its new power policy on micro and mini hydel projects in the hill state which has a huge potential for generating power.

Pauri Garwhal became ghost territory as villagers and the forest department virtually ignored unprecedented forest fires