Sikkim Ecology Threatened by Hydroelectric Projects

A coordinated set of hydro electric projects may soon come up on the Teesta river in Sikkim. The proposals to harness around 3635 MW of power along a 175 km stretch of the Teesta river, go back to 1998. Various factors, such as concerns from ethnic tribal communities and concerns over carrying capacity have over the years ensured that no real approval has been given by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) for the Teesta river projects. However, in a series of changes in 2010, the MoEF has appeared to set the ball rolling on hydro power development in Sikkim’s fragile ecology.

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