Dam Safety

2022: Growing Concerns over Dam Safety, Sustainability & Impacts

This annual overview is focused on issues concerning structural and operational safety of dams that arose in 2022. It includes issues related to how climatic threats and siltation is making the large dams unsustainable. It also highlights the impacts of dams on river eco-system and riverine people amid some corrective measures being taken by the various state and central governments including the formation of National Dam Safety Authority.

Expert Appraisal Committee · Hydropower · Uttarakhand

Ltr to Expert Appraisal Committee on Env Clearance for 120 MW Sirkari Bhyol Rupsiabagar HEP in Uttarakhand

                                                                                                                              Date: 12.4.2021 To:The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) for River Valley Projects,Ministry of Environment and Forest Officials, Government of India 1. Dr. K. Gopakumar (Chairman), Professor, Department of Electronic SystemsEngineering (Formerly CEDT), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore-12. e-mail Id:kgopa@iisc.ac.in 2. Dr. N. Lakshman, Professor, Dept. of Applied Mechanics, National Institute ofTechnology Karnataka, Surathkal Srinivasnagar, Mangalore, Karnataka,… Continue reading Ltr to Expert Appraisal Committee on Env Clearance for 120 MW Sirkari Bhyol Rupsiabagar HEP in Uttarakhand

DRP News Bulletin

DRP NB 200622: Erratic onset & progress of SW Monsoon in India

Whether we like it or not, want it or not, our reliance on SW monsoon for kharif crop for majority of our farmers and our annual water replenishment for most of India is going to remain a reality. The change in rainfall pattern, largely due to Global Warming induced climate change is also increasingly undeniable and a reality. We certainly need much better forecasts, monitoring, analysis and communication of rainfall on urgent basis and there is a lot that can and should be done on each of these fronts. Similarly our preparedness to use this annual bounty to recharge groundwater, India’s water lifeline, is an area that needs urgent action.

Dams · Environment Impact Assessment · Expert Appraisal Committee · Himalayas · Irrigation · Landslide · Ministry of Environment and Forests · Nepal · Public Hearing

Who exactly needs the Pancheshwar Dam?

“Bolo Jai Jai Baba Bhole”, the Prime Minister Narendrabhai Modi, while speaking at Kedarnath in Uttarakhand in Oct 2017[i], asked the people in audience to chant with him. Indian deity Mahadev, the presiding deity at Kedarnath on the banks of Mandakini river is possibly the closest to rivers and nature among all the deities, as… Continue reading Who exactly needs the Pancheshwar Dam?

Hydro Power Projects

2022: Hydro Power Projects Disasters, Damages & Concerns in South Asia

In addition to India, the local people in Himalayan countries of South Asia have been resisting against the hydro power projects. These countries have also been facing accidents and disasters caused by the hydro power projects. At the same time, the increasing construction as well as operational cost and climate change threats have been making the future of hydro power projects risky and uncertain in the region. This annual overview highlights the hydro power projects related accidents, disasters and concerns in South Asian countries. 

Dams

New Grounds Why Pancheshwar Dam Is Unviable Project

Date 3.12.2017 To, The Chairman and members,      The Expert Appraisal Committee,                                                                     River Valley Projects, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Govt of India, Jor Bagh, New Delhi 110 003 Sub: Urgent submission regarding the Environmental Clearance for the proposed 5040 MW Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project in Uttarakhand and Nepal. Dear Chairman & Members of… Continue reading New Grounds Why Pancheshwar Dam Is Unviable Project

Dams · DRP News Bulletin

DRP News Bulletin 9 July 2018: National Meeting on Inland Fishworkers in Delhi on July 10, 2018

The NATIONAL PLATFORM FOR SMALL SCALE FISH WORKERS (INLAND) is convening a Consultative Meeting on Livelihood Issues of Inland Small Scale Fish Workers 10thJuly 2018, Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi. The Invitation letter says: “India is gifted with vast and varied inland water bodies bearing rich fish resources.Rivers and canals, reservoirs, ponds and tanks, oxbow… Continue reading DRP News Bulletin 9 July 2018: National Meeting on Inland Fishworkers in Delhi on July 10, 2018

Dams

Pancheshwar Dam’s Public Hearing: Neither People nor Environment were heard

The recently concluded Pancheshwar dam Environment Public Hearing (EPH) is classic example of how undemocratically EPH are conducted against the letter and spirit of EIA notification of Sept 2006. Umpteen violations were committed wilfully during three EPH on Pancheshwar Dam on 09, 11 and 17 August 2017 in Champawat, Pithoragarh and Almora district of Uttarakhand.… Continue reading Pancheshwar Dam’s Public Hearing: Neither People nor Environment were heard

Dams · Hydro Power Projects

2022: People’s Resistance against Unviable HEPs, Destructive Dams

There have been many instances of opposition by local people, organizations and experts against unviable hydroelectric power (HEP) and destructive dam projects in 2022. Such instances of the resistance from across the country have been successful in a number of ways including leading to the funding agencies, corporate houses and government agreeing to withdraw from the project in many cases. This overview presents top ten stories highlighting successful opposition to hydro and dams projects in 2022 in India followed by some relevant reports on the issue.

DRP News Bulletin

DRP NB 051222: World Soil Day 2022: Soil where food begins

In the context of climate change, the soil organic content assumes additional huge significance. While the organic content in soils is decreasing globally, it can be reversed. If we can increase the soil organic content, it will not only help in mitigation of climate change by helping reduce the carbon in the atmosphere, it can also help in adaptation as soil with higher organic context has much greater capacity to store soil moisture, which can then be helpful in both flood mitigation (as more of the rain water is stored in the soil), and drought mitigation (soils with most moisture storage will help crops survive longer dry spells).