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Failing CETP In Himachal’s Pharma Hub, Poisons River Sirsa & Villagers’ Lives

Last month, on October 14th, around noon, there was a massive fish kill in the Sirsa River at Sitalpur, in Baddi, Solan district. Locals of the area who witnessed the event sent in these photographs and video of hundreds of…

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DRP News Bulletin 13 November 2017 (EAC Defers To Clear Pancheshwar Dam But Ignores People’s Voices)

The minutes of expert appraisal committee (EAC) shows that Environmental Clearance  (EC) for the Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project has been deferred. The minutes were uploaded after 16 days of EAC meeting conducted on Oct 24, 2017. http://environmentclearance.nic.in/writereaddata/Form-1A/Minutes/09112017PCU6UH80Finalminutesof9thEACmeeting1.pdf In the minutes, the EAC…

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DRP News Bulletin 06 November 2017 (NGT Asks For Fresh Appraisal Of Lower Subansiri Hydro Project)

In a remarkable development, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on October 24 has suspended the clearances given to the 1750-megawatt (MW) Demwe Lower Hydroelectric Project  (HEP) planned on the Lohit river in Arunachal Pradesh. In its detailed order, released on October…

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Nominations for BPS-2017 & Shri Anupam Mishra Memorial Medal-2017 Invited

Dear All, Greetings from the India Rivers Week (IRW) Organising Committee! This is to request for nominations for Bhagirath Prayaas Samman (BPS) 2017. As you will recall BPS is an attempt to acknowledge and celebrate outstanding, inspirational, unsung initiatives in…

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Loud Media Message: Public hearing of  Pancheshwar Dam is illegal

Before, during and after the controversial public hearing of destructive Pancheshwar Dam, held in three districts in Uttarakhand, wide media reports in print, in audio-visual and social media gave a loud and clear message: The public hearings violated all legal…

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Himachal Pradesh Rivers Profile

  About Himachal Pradesh   5 river basins; Total Area: 55,000 square kms.; Total Population: 68.65 lakhs; Total Catchment Area of 5 rivers; Total Catchment Area: 53311 sq.kms Himachal is a relatively small state and in 2011 its population stood…

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Lahaul people write to Environment Committee not to clear Reoli Dugli Hydro project

To The Environment Appraisal Committee River Valley Projects Ministry of Environment and Forests New Delhi Subject: Submission related to Chenab River and Lahaul Valley  in context of EC for 430 MW Reoli Dugli project Dear Chairperson, We have read reports…

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Bhagirath Prayas Samman: Himdhara Collective: Relentless Questioning and Doing

When I talk with Manshi, a friend and co-traveler from Himdhara Collective about Bhagirathh Prayas Samman that the collective received during the India Rivers Week 2016, she is modest, even slightly hesitant. She simply says, “We love the mountains, we…

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Kinnaur in crisis; Sheer Negligence in hydro projects claiming lives. Who is accountable?

Above: Entirely destabilised house next to 100 MW Sorang HEP transmission lines Photo: Sumit Mahar Immediate Press Statement from Himdhara 02/12/15 In the last two weeks a half a dozen lives have been lost in the Kinnaur region alone in three separate…

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