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To: 1. Minister of River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari 2. CM of Uttarakhand, Trivendra Singh Rawat
No more dams on the Ganga
1. Stop the construction of upstream dam construction on Ganga and it’s tributaries.
2. Implementing Central Pollution Control Board directive prohibiting mining and stone crushers within 5 km from either side of Ganga
Why is this important?
UPDATE, 25th April 2019: Ascetic Aatmabodhanand, who was fasting with an aim to save the holy River Ganga, broke it after getting written assurances from the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG). NMCG Director General Rajeev Ranjan met him on April 25 and gave it in writing that steps will be taken regarding dams as discussed. He also gave an account of the actions taken against mining.
Ganga one of the longest river in the country spanning through five states is also one of the most polluted rivers in Asia. Though cleaning the Ganga has gained attention from civil society and political parties, an increasing number of dams on the river is often missed by the mainstream.
To save the Ganga, 26-year-old young Aatmabodhanand, a computer science student from Kerala has been on a fast since 24th of October 2018(1) determined to push for governments to take cognisance of the impacts of building dams and mining on Ganga(1).
The consequences of upstream dam construction on river Ganga has been highlighted by the Ravi Chopra Committee. The report to the Supreme Court indicates dam construction would increase landslides in the ecologically fragile Himalayan belt, increase environmental pollution and loss of bio-diversity in Uttarakhand(2).
Presently, three under-construction dams namely Tapovan-Vishnugad, Vishnugad-Pipalkoti and Singoli-Bhatwari are further threatening the survival of the river Ganga adding to the damage already done by a number of existing dams. The Central Electricity Authority and the Uttarakhand power department have planned, under construction and commissioned 56-odd projects on its tributaries. In building these projects the key tributaries would be modified—through diversion to tunnels or reservoirs—to such an extent that 80 per cent of the Bhagirathi and 65 per cent of the Alaknanda could be “affected”. As much as 90 per cent of the other smaller tributaries could be “affected” the same way, says expert MK Pandit(3).