A year has passed since Uttarakhand was ravaged by floods, but the Himalayan state still lies in shambles. Hoping to avoid future disasters, IIT Roorkee is studying the "dynamic behaviour" of the rivers, which have changed their course, to adopt suitable measures, says its director Pradipta Banerji.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna today strongly opposed the Centre`s recent notification declaring a vast stretch of land from Gaumukh to Uttarkashi on either side of the Bhagirathi river as an eco-sensitive zone.
Buoyed by the central government`s decision to scrap two hydel dams on Bhagirathi in Uttarakhand, VHP has demanded a complete ban on other such projects on the holy river, including NTPC`s 600 MW Loharinag Pala.
An Uttarakhand minister on Friday said the Centre`s decision to scrap two hydel projects on Bhagirathi, a tributary of the Ganga, would inflict a heavy loss on the state both in terms of electricity and money.