Dams

Narora Barrage, fish ladder, Ganga and memories

Nov 24, 2011, exactly five years ago from today was memorable for many reasons. On a not so cold winter morning, we (our son Hriday, my colleague Parineeta, whom we picked up from the airport, she arrived that morning from Pune and myself) started in Amir Singh’s car. Amir Singh has been driving us around for over a decade now. Continue reading “Narora Barrage, fish ladder, Ganga and memories”

Fish Sanctuaries · Maharashtra · Western Ghats

White Elephant, Black Fish

How a 15 MW project with 55 mts high dam threatens 5 villages and a fish sanctuary

After an analysis of a particularly nasty dam, I felt like going back to flowing rivers. It is monsoon after all. The plan was to visit Kal River in Western Ghats of Raigad District in Maharashtra to understand how a community in a small village called Walen Kondh is protecting the river and Mahseer fish. Mahseer (Deccan Mahseer, Tor tor) is classified as endangered as per IUCN classification and most wild Deccan Mahseer populations have been wiped out in India. And hence a small, out of the way place, protecting these fish as well as the river voluntarily was like a breeze of fresh air. Continue reading “White Elephant, Black Fish”