No dams in upper reaches of Ganga: Open letter to PM Modi

In an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as many as 64 prominent environmental activists and academicians, including two Rajya Sabha MPs, former RSS idealogue K N Govindacharya and historian Ram Guha, on Friday termed as a “profound error” and a “self-defeating exercise” the recommendation of going ahead with more hydro-electric projects (HEPs) in the upper reaches of the Ganga river in the Himalayas.

Terming Ganga and the Himalayas as “pivotal ecological systems and defining symbols of Indian culture”, the activists, academics, historians and Parliamentarians reminded the Prime Minister that six out of seven projects lie in the para-glacial zones or its buffers, which has been declared an inviolate area by environmental experts.

The Open Letter recalls the sacrifices by several saints to ensure ‘nirmalta’ and ‘aviralta’ (clean and continuous flowing) Ganga and said, “Our collective ‘conscience’ and ‘science’ both demand that the decision to restart these seven projects be reversed, keeping in mind many factors that have been ignored, in the best interests of our nation and the stated goal of the government to rejuvenate the Ganga.”

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