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Loharinag Pala hydel power project, India


Loharinag Pala Hydro Power Project is a run-of-the-river hydroelectricity generating project planned by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Ltd to have an output capacity of 600 MW.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Loharinag Pala hydel power project, India
State or province:Uttarakhand
Location of conflict:Pala Villag, Block Bhatwari and District Uttarkashi.
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Water Management
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Dams and water distribution conflicts
Water access rights and entitlements
Specific commodities:Electricity
Project Details and Actors
Project details

The 600 MW dam (150 MW x 4 Units), being constructed by the NTPC Limited on the Bhagirathi near Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand.

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Project area:330
Level of Investment:407275000
Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:2005
Company names or state enterprises:National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) from India
Relevant government actors:Government of Uttarakhand, District Forest Officer Uttarakashi
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:'Save Ganga', Peoples Science Institute, Matu Jan Sangathan, GD AGGARWAL, Environmentalist
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Local ejos
Social movements
Religious groups
Forms of mobilization:Blockades
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Hunger strikes and self immolation
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Floods (river, coastal, mudflow), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil erosion, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusStopped
Conflict outcome / response:Negotiated alternative solution
New legislation
Strengthening of participation
Violent targeting of activists
New Environmental Impact Assessment/Study
Project cancelled
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Yes
Briefly explain:The 600 MW dam, being constructed by the NTPC Limited on the Bhagirathi near Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand, will be scrapped.
It has also been decided to declare the 135-km stretch between Gomukh and Uttarkashi as an eco-sensitive zone under the Environmental Protection Act and no development projects will be allowed in the zone.
Nevertheless, ejos are still mobilized in order to make sure that the project will never be relaunched by the government.
Sources & Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Hydroelectric Power Stations in Indi: Loharinag Pala Hydro Power Project, Sidrapong Hydel Power Station, Hirakud Dam, Narmada Dam
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International Rivers report Mountains of Concrete
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

(2) Activists to oppose Loharinag Pala hydel project
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Matu Jan Sangathan
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International Rivers
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Tehelka magazine
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Indian Water Portal

(1) Loharinag Pala hydel project to be scrapped
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The Economic Times
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Vimal Bhai speech, from Matu Jan Sangathan
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Contributor:Swapan Kumar patra
Last update08/04/2014
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