Kasturirangan panel member Sunita Narain says the proposed dam will affect downstream flow

Athirappilly hydel power project proposed across Chalakudy River cannot be implemented in its present form, environmental activist Sunita Narain, who heads the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), has said. She is a member of the High Level Working Group on Western Ghats, chaired by K. Kasturirangan, which looked into the viability of the project.

Engineers require retraining, not the Ganga. This is where I left our conversation in my previous column. Why did I say this?

Land use affects the distribution of benthic macroinvertebrate fauna along the river continuum and are hence useful indicators of this stress (Richards et al. 1993; Roth et al. 1996; Hershey & Lamberti 1998; Allan 2004). This knowledge pertains to temperate streams. Such an impact has been scarcely investigated in tropical India (Singh & Nautiyal 1990; Subramanian et al. 2005; Nautiyal & Mishra 2011).

Hydropower is important. But how important? Is it important enough to dry out stretches of our rivers? Or is there a way to balance energy needs with the imperative of a flowing, healthy river?

I have been grappling with these issues for the past few months. But now that the committee (of which I was a member) on the hydropower projects on the Ganga has submitted its report, let me explain how I see the way ahead.

Delegation Submits Five-Point Memorandum To CM

Chief minister Oommen Chandy has responded positively to a demand by a collective of greens in the state to devise a mechanism to bring all activities related to sand mining under government control. The proposal, which is part of the five-point memorandum, submitted by the group led by Sugathakumari and V S Vijayan, would be looked into seriously, assured Chandy.

A delegation of All India KisanMazdoorSabha (AIKMS) along with several sandmine workers submitted a memorandum to ADM (R) Ashok Kumar on Monday demanding immediate ban on operation of loaders, mach

To meet surging domestic energy demand, provide power to the largest population in the world that lacks electricity (> 400 million people), and reduce rapidly growing CO2 emissions, the Government of India (GOI) has embarked on a fast-track dam-building program.

The days when the gigantic Indian rivers — the Ganges, Indus and Brahmaputra — roar freely down the steep slopes of the Himalayas may be numbered.

GOLAKGANJ, Oct 18 – For Ajharul Alom, that Sunday, the word extinct became synonymous with fish.

With decreasing discharges into the sea, India’s rivers are dying. Reduced outflows have led to untold damage to the fragile ecology and biodiversity of the Indian river systems.

Environment experts attending the 11th Conference of Parties (CoP-11) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity warn that India will lose its mega biodiversity tag if the river systems are not restored immediately.

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