How to rebuild Uttarakhand?

Published: Friday 13 September 2013


Centre to give Rs 6,687 crore to Uttarakhand for building and reconstruction projects. How much of it will reach people?
Author: Soma Basu
Pradeep Singh Dami’s two-storey house in Tawaghat in Pithoragarh District, fell like a pack of cards on June 17 when the raging Kaliganga river ate away a chunk of the hill beneath his house. Dami had savings which helped him rent a small room in Dharchula town for his family of five. From a shop owner, he is now a shop assistant and earns barely enough to feed his family.
Landslide leads to lake formation on the Ramganga, which may burst any time
Author: Soma Basu
An active landslide from the hill where Sanera and Jingaur villages are located has blocked the water of Ramganga river, leading to formation of a lake.
It has only increased cost of illegally sourced construction material
Author: Soma Basu
Despite the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) ban on mining sand without environment clearance, the sand mafia continues to operate brazenly in Uttarakhand. Incidentally, the state has sought clearance from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to mine over 2,000 hectares (ha) of land.
As Uttarakhand grapples with the task of repair and restoration, octogenarian environmentalist G D Agarwal's fast to free Ganga of dams continues. He has been on fast for over 90 days now. The former IIT professor and environmental engineer, who is now known as Swami Gyan Swarup Sanand, started his fast on June 13 to commemorate the death anniversary of Swami Nigamanand who died two years ago Thirty-two-year-old Nigamananda had died while fasting to protest illegal sand mining and stone crushing along the Ganga near Haridwar.
Author: Soma Basu


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