Kinnaur District

  • Lippa is a small village in the Kinnaur region in Himachal Pradesh, close to Asrang wildlife sanctuary. On May 27, the village witnessed hectic activity as the gram sabha was to decide the fate of a hydroelectricity project to be constructed near the village. The project demands the water from the K...
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  • Monsoon delayed by a week, to reach Kerala by June 7: IMD Per the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) forecast, the monsoon is likely to arrive in Kerala by June 7, a week later than normal. This has further added to the anxieties of farmers, the industry and policymakers who are already stru...
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  • Around 21 major hydropower projects are proposed in the upper Satluj catchment area of Himachal Pradesh. In 2013, The Environics Trust collaborated with Himalaya Niti Abhiyan to assess the impact of these projects on the people and ecology of the geographically-fragile Kinnaur region. We talk to R S...
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  • Hydropower development has been given topmost priority in the resource rich state of Himachal Pradesh. It has been hailed as a solution to develop the region and also provide an answer to the unending electricity needs of industry and agriculture. Many of these projects have been blamed as caus...
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  • 'Below normal' rainfall for India this monsoon: IMDBased on the assessment of a global forum of weather experts, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has indicated a 33% and 35% possibility of rainfall being 90-96% and 96-104% of the long period average, respectively, during the upcoming monso...
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  • Dams sold but tribal issues remain unaddressedJaypee group is yet to pay a due of Rs 82 crore under local area development fund against Kinnaur's Karcham Wangtoo dam. Other dues under pollution norms, damage due to tunneling and forest rights also remain pendingTelangana chief promises drought free ...
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  • Himachal irked at dam saleExpressing shock over Jaypee group's sale of the Karcham Wangtoo and Baspa hydropower projects to an Abu Dhabi firm, the state chief minister Virbhadra Singh said the company cannot sell its projects without the government's consent as it has signed an MoU with the stateKer...
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  • Kerala seas's rich in sand, says GSI The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has revealed that Kerala's offshore areas have 2,030 million tonnes of sand that can cater to the needs of the construction industry in the state for about 50 years. Ponnani, Chavakkad, Alappuzha, Kollam North, and Kolla...
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  • India's largest pvt hydel project soldIn a deal involving Rs 10,500 crores, Jaypee sells two hydel projects in Himachal Pradesh to an Abu Dhabi firm. The 1000 mega watt Karcham Wangtoo one of themRajasthan complains against contaminated water in SatlujThe Indira Gandhi canal from the Satluj, that pr...
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  • Groundwater hits bottom near Coca Cola's plant in RajasthanFarmers in Kaladera block of Jaipur claim that agriculture has become difficult due to rapid fall in ground water after the beverage giant entered the region in 2000.Ammonia in Delhi's water rises yet againTwo water treatment plants in Delhi...
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  • MoEF allows agriculture and plantation in Western GhatsWithdraws earlier order declaring  one-third of Western Ghats as eco-sensitive zone owing to the pressure from states like Kerala. Ban on mining, quarrying, thermal power plants etc. continues.Jayanthi Natarajan quits from MoEFPresiden...
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  • NGT stops construction of Mapithel damNational Green Tribunal halts Manipur's Mapithel Dam as it violates the Forest Rights Act. To go ahead with the project, state government may now need people's approval.India grants Rs 374 million to Nepal for flood mitigationGrant given to build embankments on ...
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  • Clear blue skies, natural springs and glacial peaks-tranquility. Falling stones, landslides and debris-chaos! Kinnaur, located on  the northeastern side of Himachal Pradesh, lets you experience both. It falls in seismic zones IV and V, which means it runs the the risk of damaging and destructiv...
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  • Extreme rains that devastated Uttarakhand this year left its imprint on neighbouring Himachal Pradesh as well. This photo feature documents the impact on upper Kinnaur and Spiti regions of the Satluj valley.
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  • MoEF fails to control unauthorised forest diversionThe CAG audit reports environment ministry's failure in promoting compensatory afforestation and monitoring unauthorised forestland diversion for non-forest purposes.Sikkim constructs dams without wildlife clearanceSikkim continues the con...
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Villagers are making informed decisions when it comes to government projects that affect ecology. Equipped with legal knowledge, they are challenging damaging hydropower projects.

Lippa is a small village in the Kinnaur region in Himachal Pradesh, close to Asrang wildlife sanctuary. On May 27, the village witnessed hectic activity as the gram sabha was to decide the fate of a hydroelectricity project to be constructed near the village. The project demands the water from the Kerang stream be diverted for power. The project will acquire more than 17 hectares of forest land. This is unacceptable to villagers.

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Monsoon delayed by a week, to reach Kerala by June 7: IMD

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The Environics Trust collaborated with Himalaya Niti Abhiyan to assess the impact of hydropower projects in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. R Sreedhar of Environics Trust talks about this to IWP.

Around 21 major hydropower projects are proposed in the upper Satluj catchment area of Himachal Pradesh. In 2013, The Environics Trust collaborated with Himalaya Niti Abhiyan to assess the impact of these projects on the people and ecology of the geographically-fragile Kinnaur region. We talk to R Sreedhar of Environics Trust about the findings of the study and future course of action.

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Many locals express feelings of regret for the support they initially showed to the hydropower projects in the hope of getting jobs and contracts, but development still continues.

Hydropower development has been given topmost priority in the resource rich state of Himachal Pradesh. It has been hailed as a solution to develop the region and also provide an answer to the unending electricity needs of industry and agriculture. Many of these projects have been blamed as causing irreversible damage to the environment, natural resources such as water and forests in the area, as well as to the increase in disasters that result in displacing farmers and villagers.

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News this week: IMD predicts a below average monsoon this year; Himachal villagers reject govt's Assessment Report on Sutlej basin; Six years post-construction, Narmada canals breach every ten steps.

'Below normal' rainfall for India this monsoon: IMD

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Dams sold but tribal issues remain unaddressed

Jaypee group is yet to pay a due of Rs 82 crore under local area development fund against Kinnaur's Karcham Wangtoo dam. Other dues under pollution norms, damage due to tunneling and forest rights also remain pending

Telangana chief promises drought free Mehboobnagar

Himachal irked at dam sale

Expressing shock over Jaypee group's sale of the Karcham Wangtoo and Baspa hydropower projects to an Abu Dhabi firm, the state chief minister Virbhadra Singh said the company cannot sell its projects without the government's consent as it has signed an MoU with the state

Kerala has enough sand to last 50 years: Study

News this week: Kerala's offshore areas are rich in marine sand, says GSI; JP group sells its hydro projects in HP without settling the tribals' issues; Illegal sand mining kills Chambal's ghariyals.

Kerala seas's rich in sand, says GSI

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India's largest pvt hydel project sold

In a deal involving Rs 10,500 crores, Jaypee sells two hydel projects in Himachal Pradesh to an Abu Dhabi firm. The 1000 mega watt Karcham Wangtoo one of them

Rajasthan complains against contaminated water in Satluj

Groundwater hits bottom near Coca Cola's plant in Rajasthan

Farmers in Kaladera block of Jaipur claim that agriculture has become difficult due to rapid fall in ground water after the beverage giant entered the region in 2000.

Ammonia in Delhi's water rises yet again

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