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HC stays construction of all hydro power plants in Uttarakhand

Press Trust of India  |  Nainital 

The High Court today ordered a stay on construction of all hydro power plants in the state and directed the district magistrates to identify sites within eight weeks for disposal of debris from every project.

The court prohibited waste disposal within 500 metres of rivers, sternly rejecting the state government's request to reduce the range from 500 metres to 200 metres, and said all district magistrates shall be personally held responsible if any waste is disposed of at any place other than the ones earmarked for the purpose.

A bench of justices and gave the directions on a PIL filed by Himadri which alleged that the debris from the hydro projects was being dumped near the rivers, impeding their flow and causing damage to

Noting with concern the receding glaciers and depleting water levels of the rivers flowing through the state, the court set a deadline of 8 weeks within which all district magistrates of have to identify and demarcate the muck disposal sites for every hydro-power project under construction in a scientific manner, for the petitioner said.

Putting a stay on all ongoing hydro-power projects in the state, the court said building on rivers like the Ganga and its tributaries was tantamount to overburdening them.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 20:40 IST