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MoEF suppresses Report on Ganga to promote Power Projects: Sarad Yadav

 

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Bhubaneswar,

Last updated 06 Jul 2016 01:02 IST

  Ganga, India, Development, Disaster, Sarad Yadav

On one hand the Prime minister of India speaks about Ganga Rejuvenation, promises cleaning of the Ganga and restoring her to her natural glory. But on the other hand, India's environment ministry is encouraging activities that are threatening the very existence of the Ganga!

 

It is no news anymore that the Ganga-Himalayan basin is a very delicate and fragile ecosystem. Time & again, several reports have brought their findings in this regard to public, which have clearly stated that the Himalayan ecology is immensely fragile and susceptible to much disaster. This is a seismic sensitive and landslide prone area. Excessive anthropogenic activities in the last decades have severely ruined the fine ecological balance as a result of which the frequency and intensity of disasters in the last few years has increased significantly.

“It is rather painful to observe that the recent disaster of June 2013 in the state of Uttarakhand leading to unprecedented loss of land, lives and livelihoods has failed to move the current government,” said Member of Parliament (MP) and President of Janata dal (United), Sarad Yadav.

Time and again, as Yadav cited in the media release, the issue of hydro power projects in the State of Uttarakhand has often been debated and the issue has been raised in the Parliament by many concerned members. It was on 11th December 2011 and again during 14th – 17th May 2012 that the issue was raised and extensively discussed in the Lok Sabha under section 193 and members across party lines, participated and expressed concern over the matter.

“It was then concluded that the Ganga has been overburdened in her origin valley thus resulting in ecological imbalance. The food and water security of as many as 50 crore people is directly linked with the Ganga and her tributaries,” said Yadav cautioning that “Tampering with the river and her tributaries in her origin will have severe repercussions all along the downstream of the Ganga.”

 

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Back to back series of hydro-power projects being built in Uttarakhand is completely destructing the Ganga and her tributaries. Now that the real reasons for this disaster have come out, the environment ministry is suppressing the findings and is becoming a mouthpiece for the so called “Developmental lobby."

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As many as 450 hydro power projects have been proposed on the Ganga river system in the state of Uttarakhand. Besides implementation of these projects, the consequent deforestation, mining, blasting, movement of heavy machinery and other related activities cause massive destruction of the environment, the release issued from Yadav’s office said.

After the disaster of June 2013, the Supreme Court also took cognizance of the intensity of situation and ordered to form an expert body to investigate if the mushrooming hydro power projects in the area have degraded the environment and if it has, in any way, orchestrated the flash floods and disasters.

As per the release, the expert body formed under the SC order surveyed the disaster hit valley and submitted its findings, which states:

a.     That the existing and the under-construction hydro power projects have in fact significantly and irreversibly degraded the environment

b.     That the hydro power projects played a role in escalating the disaster of June 2013. Maximum damage in this disaster was in the vicinity of these hydro-power projects

c.      That there are 24 such projects that are significantly impacting the bio-diversity of the Ganga-Himalayan basin.

d.     That most of these projects have been designed to withstand/ face such massive floods.

e.      That the activity of the para-glacial zone is a main reason behind such flash-floods and projects around the Main Central thrust and in/ around the para-glacial zone must not be allowed.

“Back to back series of hydro-power projects being built in Uttarakhand is completely destructing the Ganga and her tributaries. Now that the real reasons for this disaster have come out, the environment ministry is suppressing the findings and is becoming a mouthpiece for the so called “Developmental lobby,” alleged Yadav citing that “the Chopra committee report has submitted its findings in April 2014 but till date the report has not been released and the MoEF is in fact attempting to neutralize the findings of this report.”

Indicating that the union government maintains double standard on river Ganga, Yadav said, “On one hand the Prime minister speaks about Ganga Rejuvenation, promises cleaning of the Ganga and restoring her to her natural glory. But on the other hand, the MoEF is encouraging activities that are threatening the very existence of the Ganga!”

It is appalling that a disaster of such magnitude has failed to move this government and even after the death of thousands of people and such massive loss, remedial measures are not even being discussed, Yadav said as expression of his concern and condemned the Modi government for it acts to suppress facts in order to favour the developmental projects.

Demanding that “the government must immediately cancel the hydro power projects in the upper reaches of the Ganga or else we will be forced to raise a public movement and move to courts for the same,” Yadav passed an ultimatum to the government by saying that if it ignores the issue despite unanimous concern raised by the members of the Parliament and the expert views in regard to the fragile Himalayan ecology, there would be no other option but to intervene and to move to the Supreme Court.

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