ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Kinnaur's Curse?

Environmental Threat from Hydroelectric Projects

Kinnaur, one of Himachal Pradesh's most ecologically fragile regions, is under threat from widespread construction activity for hydroelectric power projects. Landslides have become a common occurrence putting lives of villagers to severe environmental risk.

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A War Zone in Kinnaur

National highway 5—a stretch of 10 km from Powari to Ralli in Kinnaur District, on the right side of the Sutlej River—looked like a war zone. Vehicles kept skidding on its mucky surface. That the edge of the road was lined with grey muck and debris, made it particularly vulnerable to road accidents.

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