February 8th, 2010
INDIA, February 2010: The revelation that the Ganga could disappear in the Gangotri valley if a series of hydropower projects are completed should prompt a rethink on what is clearly a case of mindless development, according to this article. Twelve hydro power projects, some functioning and others proposed, are located in a fragile ecological zone.
Environmentalists have warned that there will be no free-flowing Ganga all the way to Haridwar once the dams on the river start functioning. Not only is the river sacred to hundreds of millions of Indians, but also a major source of livelihood for people living on its banks. Rivers are also the core of very sophisticated and sensitive ecosystems.