Tehri dam is only one example, in which the damage to the environment seems colossal. What would happen when the proposed over 200 new dams are constructed in the newly created Uttarakhand state and another 400 in Himachal Pradesh? Across the Indian Himalayas the potential would be over 1000 dams.
The district of Tehri Garhwal stretches from the snow clad Himalayan peaks of Thalaiya Sagar, Jonli and the Gangotri group all the way to the foothills near Rishikesh. The gushing Bhagirathi which runs through seems to divide the district into two, while the Bhilangna, Alaknanda, Ganga and Yamuna rivers border it on the east and west.Its neighbouring districts are Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Pauri, Rudraprayag and Dehradun.
We saw the bigger picture and chose the legal route to make a comprehensive guideline for construction of transmission lines in the hills and forest areas. After studying international experiences of transmission systems, we filed a PIL in Supreme Court of India, in-person i.e. without the services of an advocate. There are several issues about the technologies, environment, project management and compensation in our petition.