Friday, 30 December 2011

{DUU-54} Stop Dams on River Mandakini And River Pinder 05-02-10

A view of dams on River Pinder and its tributaries.

A view of dams on River Mandakini and its tributaries.

(Maps by SANDRP)

Stop Dams on River Mandakini And River Pinder

In Uttarakhand, hundreds of dams are coming up. In most of the cases, vast numbers of people are suffering from the destructive impacts of the construction. In particular, the plight of Mandakini and Pinder needs to be highlighted. These two rivers are the main tributaries of River Alaknanda, which meets the River Bhagirathi in Devprayag to form the Ganga.

In the case of Mandakini River, nearly 12 Hydro Electric Projects (HEPs) are coming up. On the main River Mandakini, massive demonstrations are being held in opposition to Singoli-Bhatwari HEP (99 MW) by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Phata-Byung HEP (76 MW by LANCO Infratech Ltd.). People have organized themselves for the fight under the banner of Kedar Ghati Sangharsh Samiti.

Agitation:- People stopping the dam's construction, facing false cases, fighting with the dam companies to protect their river, forest and villages. Under the protection of local administration and police, dam builders are trying to continue the dam work.

Issues:- Environmental public hearing held without notice and in violation of procedures, false promises, misinformation about the real impact of the dam, and how it will be hazardous for the middle Himalayan environment, ecology, as well as people's rights.

Support:- We request that you please endorse the attached letter which is in Hindi as a .pdf file

If you want to send it on as your own, please do so. For this purpose, the Hindi letter in word format with Hindi font file is also attached. Some addresses are given below.

Dr. Manmohan Singh

Prime Minister Of India


Chairperson of National Ganga River Basin Authority

South Block, Raisina Hill,

New Delhi,

India-110 101.

Telephone: 91-11-23012312.

Fax: 91-11-23019545 / 91-11-23016857.

Email to PM:

Sri Jairam Ramesh

Honorable Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests

(Independent Charge)

Paryavaran Bhavan, Lodhi Road

New Delhi – 110013


Fax – 011 24362222

Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'
Hon. Chief Minister, Uttarakhand
Chief Minister Niwas. Circuit House
Old Annexe, Cantt Road,
Dehradun 248 001
Mobile: 09756937100
Phone Office: 0135-2740104, 2531533 2656068, 2655912,
Fax Office : 0135-2712527
Phone Residence : 0135-2755100, 0135-2755101
Fax Residence:0135-2755102

Mr. Raman Ravinath MVAP I.A.S.

District Magistrate,


Office Phone 01364-233300

Home Phone 01364-233376

Fax: 01364-233380

Mr. Neeraj Semwal (IAS)

Collectorate Compound Gopeshwar,Chamoli

Phone No 01372-252102(Office), 01372-252101(Camp Office)

Fax-01372-252203 E-Mail Address-

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