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Bahuguna criticises Sikkim govt on hydel projects

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 13, 2009

Gangtok, Nov 12 (PTI) Criticising the Pawan Kumar Chamling government in Sikkim for tapping hydel potential for commercial benefits, noted environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna today alleged that construction of several hydel projects in Sikkim amounted to a “destructive act” against the ecology of the “greenest” state of the country.

“The hydropower projects in Sikkim are a destructive act against the ecology and environment of Sikkim which is a part of the Himalayan mountain range,” he told reporters here in reply to a question about his views on the construction of dams in thick forested areas in North Sikkim.

Power generation by disturbing water resources emanating from the Himalayans cannot be justified, Bahuguna said and flayed the Chamling government for seeking to commercially tap them, through “destruction of the forest cover and the fragile landscape”.

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