Upper Ganga Report with Pro Hydro Bias does not do justice to its terms or to Ganga, people or environment

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Summary A month after its submission to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, the Inter Ministerial Group on Upper Ganga basin Hydropower projects and Ganga river in general is yet to be put in public domain. A detailed perusal of the report shows that the report is hugely biased in favour of large hydropower projects, and has not done justice to the task given to it or to the Ganga river, people or environment. Out of the three non government members (out of total 15 members) on the Group, Dr Veer Bhadra Mishra expired during the working of the group. Rajendra Singh has given a dissent note, not agreeing with the report in its totality. The “alternative view” note from Sunita Narain, the third non-government member, is not much of an alternative and is not in the interest of the river, people or the environment. However, the fact that…

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Published by Kaushal Kishore, Author of The Holy Ganga

Kaushal Kishore is the author of The Holy Ganga (Rupa, 2008), and Managing Editor of Panchayat Sandesh; monthly journal on decentralisation of democracy. Follow on https://twitter.com/mrkkjha Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HolyGanga

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