Free flow for Bhagirathi as govt shelves 2 dams in upper reaches

March 31, 2010
By Nitin Sethi
The Times of India

NEW DELHI: Bhagirathi, one of the key tributaries of the Ganga, will now flow untamed and unchecked through the year for at least part of its stretch. In a decision that shows heightened sensitivity towards the environment and may have consequences for other hydroelectric projects, the government has decided not to proceed with two projects – the 381MW Bhaironghati and 480MW Pala-Maneri hydroelectric plants – planned on the river that originates at Gaumukh.