In a Order issued on October 15, the ministry said the expert committee would make a “detailed study as to whether the existing and under construction hydroelectric power projects in the river basins of Alkananda, Bhagirathi and their tributaries have
contributed to environmental degradation and, if so, to what extent and also whether they have contributed to the tragedy that occurred in Uttarakhand in June, 2013.”
The committee will also examine the impact of the proposed 24 hydel projects on the bio-diversity of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi river basins.
The committee will be jointly headed by Prof Ravi Chopra, member of National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA), and environmentalist Chandi Prasad Bhatt, founding member of the Chipko Movement.
The other members of the panel include Prof. A N Purohit, Hemant Dhyani, Dr B P Das; G L Bansal, Dr Navin Juyal, Dr Sathyakumar and Dr Shekhar Pathak. The panel also includes experts from central government bodies and institutes like the Central Water
Commission, National Institute of Rock Mechanics, National Disaster Management Authority, Indian Council for Forest Research Institute, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Physical Research Laboratory and the Central Public Works Department.
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