Let's fight against destruction of Himalaya
Himalaya Diwas, 9th September, the government of Uttarakhand has prepared a lot for the Himalaya diwas, this time central government of India has also made preparations for the Day. Narendra Modi is also coming. A mere celebration of the Himalaya Day will not save the Himalayas rather it would be more important to understand the grief of the Himalayas. What are the concerns for the Himalayas today, let us understand that. Today Himalaya is threatened by so called development activities. This so-called development has pierced the Himalayas. Thousands and millions of acres of forest have been destructed in these development works, building roads, constructing dams and in other works; And the remaining forest is also being destroyed by the grace of the forest department.
The basic element of the Himalayas are the snow, rivers, and forest, and its protector is the inhabitants of there. The green cover beneath the entire Himalayas and the white snow cover above the top. The snow cover is the protector of the entire health of the Himalayas. Having snow and covered with trees, been the two important things for the Himalayas. As Government have expedited development plans in the Himalayas, the glacier has started melting in the region and the forests have also been recklessly cut down. The formation of a dams have caused clouds to burst. Cloud burst incidents have increased rapidly after the construction of the Tehri Dam.
The landslides have increased due to the formation of large widened roads. Wherever the roads are widened, more explosives are used, due to which landslide begins soon after the construction of roads. Himalaya is becoming vulnerable due to the excessive use of explosives. Wherever large and widened roads there and colossal projects of so-called development, in which these big dams etc. are included, have caused havoc to the Himalayas. Why do the government not understand it?
Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Trivendra Rawat, had asked people of the state on 15 August to take a resolution to plant at least one tree. On the other side, thousands of millions of hectares of forest are submerged directly.
The rights of the Himalayas have been totally denied in the way that the public hearings of the Pancheseshwar Multipurpose Dam have taken place recently in the month of August. Governments are bringing the dam in the name of development, on the other hand, they talk about protection of the Himalayas. On one hand, they talk about planting a tree, on the other hand, thousands of hectares of forests are submerged. So, it seems the difference between their words and action.
Rivers are daughters of the Himalayas. We would like to remind the governments again that there was hardly any dam which the rivers did not show their outbreak during the June 2013. The rivers, especially the Ganges, went ahead by breaking the dams and wherever the dams hindered the flow of the river, it was more destructions over there. Because of the use of explosives in the construction of dams, landslides were recorded more in those areas. We have always kept the matter in front of the governments, but regretfully the government believing Ganges as the mother so far, which is now also being called the government of double engine, is not totally silent in the matter but is working against.
The way the mining is being extended into the rivers and the way the mining was done in the name of employment, they are all absolutely wrong. Because mining is not employment. Yes, only a few contractors get benefited. We have told the government that in the Tehri Dam and other dams, a lot of debris and sand lying, like in the reservoir of Vishnuprayag dam. If this sand is released, then the reservoir of Tehri Dam will be empty and it will also be able to store more water. But leaving it aside, there has been a talk of increasing mining in Haridwar and the areas below.
On this auspicious occasion of Himalaya Day, we demand the Central and the State Governments to first understand the grief of the Himalayas and change the policies of development accordingly. Of course, a little bit of electricity will be generated from the big dams, but devastation will be more than that.
On the Himalaya’s day, the governments may resolve not to repeat the mistake like Tehri dam. And take the Pancheshwar multi-purpose hydro power project back.
Vimalbhai, Puran Singh Rana, Rajpal Rawat, Prahlad Singh, Ramlal,
Rajendra Negi, Sudershan Shah, Dinesh Chowhan, Briharshraj Tadiyal