Paean to Ganga but not Brahmaputra post the big BJP win.
Guwahati/ 17th July’2017 (Prag News Desk): The high-voltage anti-mega dam gimmick in 2014 that led the majority of northeasterners to puor in votes. But after securing votes and being the Government, BJP seemingly is all praise for Ganges yet forgetting the existence of Brahmaputra.
The statement before the Supreme Court of India that River Ganga is India’s identity, basis for universal faith and source of livelihood to more than 50 crore people.
But, this Government has been constantly making the entire world believe that sanctity of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries is not a significant matter for the Indian civilisation and that the river has nothing to do with the survival of the people in this part of the globe.
Incidentally, Government’s initiation of building over 160 dams on the tributaries of the Brahmaputra are going to address the nagging problem of flood seems falsifying.
The Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation while making its submission before the Apex Court in Civil Appeal No 6736 of 2013, stated that hydroelectricity generation has been given priority on the ground that tariffs are low and these HEPs (hydroelectric projects) provide for peaking power.
The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has estimated 9,000 MWs and planned 70 odd HEPs in Uttarakhand. However, the way these projects have been planned they raise big questions regarding the carrying capacity of the rivers. The adequacy of e-flow, longitudinal integrity of the river/streams and tributaries and competing needs of the society for water needs, and above all the wholesomeness and rejuvenation of Ganga have not been taken into account while estimating the true “potential,”. It further stated that reduction in river flow and break in its longitudinal connectivity caused by storage/ diversion structures have resulted in decline of biodiversity, fisheries, groundwater levels, soil fertility and waste assimilation capacity of the river.