THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
29 May 2017
States : UTTARAKHAND
DAMS AND ECOLOGY
Hydropower: Will new committee break new ground?
An expert committee set up by the MoEF to study the impact of hydropower projects in the Alaknanda-Bhagirathi basin raises hope, but can it break the mould of the past to bring about the measures so critically needed? Shripad Dharmadhikary explores.
Environmental Hazards Environment Environmental Law and Regulation

MID-DAY MEALS
Look beyond the food Most studies on mid-day meal schemes tend to focus on the obvious nutritional benefits or lack thereof. Carly E Nichols argues that the impact of these programmes extend far beyond, justifying the need to fund and monitor them more stringently.
Food Security Work+Life Poverty
UTTARAKHAND TRAGEDY
All those kinds of gaze The disaster in Uttarakhand cannot be viewed as a result of isolated factors such as faulty governance or flawed environmental policy. It calls for a more holistic and deeper look at the entire range of issues that are endemic to the mountain region, writes R. Uma Maheshwari
Tourism Environment Opinions
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Uttarakhand tragedy: How we ignored the writing on the wall As the massive disaster in flood-stricken Uttarakhand unfolds, Himanshu Upadhyaya draws attention to the glaring inadequacies in disaster management preparedness and risk reduction in the state, as well as the nation, as exposed by recent audits.
Government Environmental Law and Regulation
TRIBAL WOMEN
Banding together, for their rights Tribal women in Uttarakhand are standing up for their community rights, and resisting the dispossession of their lands by a nexus between powerful landlords and the government machinery. Puja Awasthi reports.
Forests Adivasis Women
FOREST DWELLERS' RIGHTS
Uttarakhand Gujjars being ousted without compensation A large number of Ban Gujjar tribal families remaining within the Rajaji National Park are facing constant harassment from the state forest department. Their rehabilitation is mired in red tape. Aparna Pallavi reports.
Forests Relief Human Rights
ENVIRONMENT
This IFS officer saved a national park Jyotsna Sitling's gargantuan assignment involved ridding a buffer zone of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve in Uttarakhand of mountain-high piles of plastic and non-biodegradable waste, dumped by pilgrims over the last three decades on their way to Hemkund Sahib. She elicited the help of the community and did it, reports Neeta Lal.
Bio Diversity Environment
NEAA rejecting clearance appeals coldly On 20 May, the National Environment Appellate Authority refused to admit two appeals cases where citizens and panchayat representatives in Uttaranchal had challenged Central government clearances to two hydro-electric power projects, on grounds of failure in due process. Kanchi Kohli was at the hearings.
Environment Environmental Law and Regulation
High voltage environmental activism Towering pylons and high tension wires seem to discourage any idea of resistance to environmental destruction in Tehri Garhwal, but the villagers persist. Bharat Dogra reports.
Forests Environment
Lights on! Rajani Mani reports on how the power generating water mills of Uttranchal are lighting up lives.
Energy Environment
Mountain Vox Lalitha Sridhar reviews Voices from the Mountain, Oral Testimonies from Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh.
Environment Reviews HIMACHAL
Tehri Dam - Verdict Awaited A note on Tehri Dam case heard in Supreme Court by Vimal Bhai of the Matu People's organisation.
Water Environment
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