Uttarakhand Flood: View: The perils of ignoring the message from the hills one more time

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The precept of trigger and impact is a exact one — for each motion, there’s a response. It is on this context that the unlucky flash floods in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand final Sunday must be seen.

The swelling up of the Rishiganga and Dhauliganga rivers — which go on to type the Alaknanda, a tributary of the Ganga — led to a deluge which devastated two hydropower crops and has left over 200 lacking or useless.

This is just not a standalone occasion. Instead, it’s a response to a collection of actions which were going down in the seismically-active and geologically-sensitive Himalayan ranges. Clearance of big-ticket initiatives with out environmental impression evaluation, rampant deforestation, reducing of slopes with out correct stabilisation measures, ineffective muck disposal…the record goes on and on.

It isn’t a surprise that the Himalayas have despatched us a message which is sharp and clear: unbridled improvement will result in injury. It is a message that has been reiterated time and once more in the Uttarakhand hills, a lot in order that the Himalayan state, also called Dev Bhoomi or Land of the Gods, is now sadly talked about more for its pure disasters than its pure magnificence. The 2013 Kedarnath deluge is the one most remembered for the sheer scale of the tragedy though the state continues to expertise a number of massive and small pure disasters yearly which have killed round 6,000 folks in the previous 20 years since Uttarakhand grew to become a separate state. There are, in reality, devoted ‘disaster months’ earmarked — February to May for forest fires — and the monsoon months of June until September/October for landslides and flash floods.

Yet the authorities goes forward with these massive and aggressive initiatives, citing the want for ‘development in the hills.’ Take hydropower initiatives, for example. Uttarakhand has over 75 hydropower initiatives at present operational and has plans to take the quantity to 171 with a purpose to generate round 17,000 MW of energy. It implies that virtually each river, stream or rivulet in the hills will likely be tapped and its pure stream obstructed. An professional committee appointed by the Supreme Court after the Kedarnath tragedy had identified in 2014 that dams had an enormous function to play in aggravating a catastrophe like flash floods and really helpful that no hydropower challenge be inbuilt the paraglacial areas of the state.

A quantity of PILs have additionally been filed in the Uttarakhand excessive courtroom in opposition to infrastructure initiatives like the Char Dham freeway in addition to hydropower crops for flouting norms. In 2018, after listening to a PIL which mentioned that muck from initiatives on the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi was being dropped into the rivers in consequence of which these had been altering course, the excessive courtroom stayed development of all hydropower crops in the state until muck disposal websites had been recognized. Later that yr, the Supreme Court allowed development whereas agreeing that muck disposal websites had been a should. Work resumed on the crops however the norms had been sidelined after some time.

The norm at present is to both bypass environmental clearances or to deal with the train as a hindrance. Opinions of geologists and scientists are ignored till a catastrophe occurs. So are the apprehensions of locals. In the summer time of 2019, villagers in the Rishiganga valley — from the place Sunday’s flash floods emerged — had approached the excessive courtroom, complaining that blasting actions going down as half of the Rishiganga hydro challenge had been scaring wild animals in the forests who had began coming into their villages. The space is a component of the higher Himalayas, lies in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and is particularly delicate to geological exercise. Any blasting completed right here was certain to have repercussions. The floods in the Rishiganga confirmed the villagers’ fears.

During the final polls, a political slogan that went round in Uttarakhand was ‘Pahaad ka paani aur pahaad ki jawani pahaad ke kaam aaye.’ The implication was that the Himalayan rivers must be tapped by means of most hydropower initiatives which might give employment to youth who’re migrating outdoors in search of jobs. But with the current catastrophe, the cry has modified — ‘What use is the paani if it is drowning the jawani?’ The want now could be to search for different plans for sustainable improvement. Micro hydel initiatives of 1MW or 2MW capability can generate energy with out the must cease the river stream. Local communities may be educated in setting them up. This can even generate employment for the youth. Gherat or water mills have been in use in Uttarakhand for hundreds of years for grinding grains and spices utilizing water energy. There are 1000’s of them mendacity unused. They may be upgraded and transformed into small power-generating models.

The potentialities are many. It’s time that they’re taken severely — earlier than the mountains determine to present us one other message.


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