India Revives Massive Yamuna Dam Project Despite Environmental Concerns

Tuesday, 11 Sep, 6.13 am

The revival of the Lakhwar-Vyasi dam project in the Upper Yamuna basin in Uttarakhand has once again raised the question of the loyalty of the government towards its commitment of conservation of river basins.

On August 28, 2018 the government of India signed off on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with six state governments to go ahead with Lakhwar-Vyasi multi-purpose project even though the project is being examined by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) due to environmental concerns. The court has not yet made a decision on the project.

India's water resources minister Nitin Gadkari said on the occasion of signing of MOUs that 'Delhi will not face a water problem for the next 20-25 years once the project is completed.