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To: Nitin Gadkari- Minister of river development, Harsh Vardhan - Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change and Trivendra Singh Rawat - CM of Uttarakhand
Lakhwar Dam – Another big nail in Yamuna’s coffin
Stop constructing the Lakhwar Hydroelectricity Project on the Yamuna River.
Why is this important?
The Yamuna river is strangulated with dams. It is also one of the most critically polluted rivers in the country. The river has already been stressed out by demands of water for hydropower, irrigation and drinking in North India; and now, yet another high dam is set to be constructed on this river just 120 kms downstream of the holy shrine of Yamunotri in Uttarakhand. This proposed dam will restrict the flow of the river from 1400 kms to just 75-80kms!
50 villages will be affected by the dam’s submergence area and many more will lose access to the river downstream. Apart from killing the flow of the Yamuna, a stretch which is rich in the endangered Mahaseer fish will be affected and more than 3 lakh trees will be axed for this dam.
The environmental and disaster impact assessments of the Lakhwar dam are inadequate and three decades old. The Lakhwar project has been challenged in the National Green Tribunal (NGT) due to these violations and environmental concerns and the court is still hearing the matter. Yet this project is being blindly pushed.
All this is being done in the name of providing water to Delhi. It’s acknowledged that Delhi’s water crisis is not caused by scarcity of water, but because of serious mismanagement.
The devastating floods and landslides in the mountain states of Uttarakhand and Himachal speak volumes about the fragility of the Himalayan region. Much has already been documented about the negative impacts of large dams, especially in ecologically vulnerable areas. But looks like our government has failed to learn any lessons from disasters like the one in Kerala.
Delhi’s citizens took to the streets to save 16,000 trees from being cut.Let’s use the same energy and dedication to prevent further destruction of our rivers and forests!
Sign this petition and save the Yamuna and ourselves!