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The himalayan state of Uttarakhand despite adequate greenery and forest cover is reeling under acute water crisis, particularly due to the large sized dams constructed at the cost of environment and displacement of the local populace. While the Uttarakhand himalaya is the largest source of Ganga and Yamuna it’s surprising and shocking that the state itself is reeling under acute water crisis particularly during the summers which is also one of the main reason leading to the large scale influx of the people leaving their villages and thronging the cities, towns and metropolises of the country.

There is a general saying and the established fact that if the science plays with the natural flow of the rivers by constructing huge dams and blocking the uninterrupted natural flow of the river waters emnating from the Himalayan glaciers like the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi that finally meet each other at the main confluence point at Devprayag, at Garhwal, Uttarakhand to make it pious Ganges, the rivers become narrow and dry gradually as majority of its water is stored in the dam for the production of electricity. Sounds shocking that the natural rivers of Uttarakhand have been disturbed by these huge dams resulting water crisis and the environmental imbalance in the himalayan state of Uttarakhand.

A recent shocking instance of the Alaknanda river flowing uninterruptedly and seamlessly from the Himalayas and passing through Srinagar town in Garhwal Uttarakhand has lost its maximum water capacity because of the storing of the excessive water by the large sized Dam built at Srinagar, Koteshwar producing 330 megawatt of electricity. As per the latest reports pouring in, due to the excessive storing of the water of the running river, Alaknanda the same has lost its maximum water and has tremendously squeezed in shape and size with literally negligible water even during the peak winters at Srinagar, resulting in acute water shortage for lakhs of inhabitants of Srinagar Garhwal.

The shortage of water has also led to dying of aquatic creatures like fish etc in large quantity. The environmentalists are therefore badly concerned on the disturbing state of the seamless flowing river since centuries with complete water pressure and full of capacity. It may be recalled that a huge hydropower project had been constructed by the union government with the concurrence of the state government few years ago at Koteshwar, Srikot near Srinagar, Garhwal, Uttarakhand to produce 330 megawatt of electricity.

The environmentalists and the local populace had objected to the construction of this mega Dam but the authorities continued with the project which finally got completed three to four years ago. There is a huge pipeline and high capacity pumps of Garhwal Jal Sansthan installed between Srikot and Srinagar to supply adequate drinking water to the residents of the area. But due to the Alaknanda having been squeezed and subsequent water shortage, the water is not reaching the supply pumps of Jal Sansthan resulting in acute water crisis to lakhs of people of Srinagar, Garhwal.

Not only this but it has also invited people for illegal fishing on vast scale. The aquatic life of the river has also been affected by the water shortage in the river Alaknanda at Srinagar Garhwal. The authorities are now approaching the Dam management to release the water in the Alaknanda river so that the water shortage problem of Srinagar could be resolved and aquatic life of animals in the river is not affected further. In Uttarakhand about 598 large sized dams are said to be in pipeline for construction but have been prohibited by the Supreme Court of India for the time being.


Eminent literateurs of Uttarakhand Puran Chand Kandpal and Madan Mohan Duklan have been presented the prestigious MAHAKAVI KANAHIYALAL DANDRIYAL LITERATURE HONOUR at a largely attended function at Constitition club, New Delhi today. The award which carries a shawl, a citation and Rs 21thousand in cash was presented to Puran Chandra Kandpal and Man Mohan Duklan jointly by the union minister of state Ajay Tamta and spiritual head of Hans Foundation Bholeji Maharaj and Mata Mangla on 11th November in the presence of large number of audience which included social activists, journalists of vernacular media, NGO activists, women and youths.The programme was anchored by Ganesh Khugsal Gani. Eminent literateur Kandpal felicitated with the KUMAUN SAHITYAKAR SAMMAN is credited with authoring 27 books in Kumaoni dialect and English Hindi as well. Madan Mohan Duklan felicitated with KANAHIYA DANDRIYAAL GADHWALI SAHITYAKAAR SAMAAN and Kandpal have played a pivotal role in preserving and promoting GARHWALI and KUMAONI languages in and outside UTTARAKHAND.


A prominent footbal team of youngsters of Uttarakhand, having a national character known as GARHWAL HEROES FOOTBALL CLUB is adding feathers aftar feathers to its cap. In a prestigious footbal tournament yesterday namely KALI KUMAON CLUB FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS being held in Champawat, Uttarakhand, Garhwal Heroes Footbal Club defeated Banaras by 2-0 in the finals and became the CHAMPIONS. Hundreds of football lovers were present during the match at CHAMPAWAT adding grace and vitality to the tournament. The union minister of state for textiles Ajay Tamta was the chief guest at the prize giving felicitation ceremony who delivered the Championship trophy and a cheque of Rs 1 lakh to the victorious team of GHFC while the runners up team of Banaras was handed over Rs.50000. The minister lauded the fantastic game of GHFC and congratulated both the teams for their bright future. He said, victory and defeat are the two sides of the coin and therefore the losing team should never feel disheartened and rather gearup for the next victory.

The football championship was organised by a leading entrepreneur of Uttarakhand Narendra Singh Ladwal. The Garhwal Heroes Footbal Club comprises of few Nigerian playersas well who have contributed tremendously in the victory of GHFC. Prior to this triumph GHFC has been the Delhi footbal champion twice and is a popular Indian Football team at national level too having defeated several prestigious state teams in the past. The credit for the team’s good and outstanding performance primarily goes to its players but the patron, president and general secretary of Garhwal Heroes Footbal Club namely BS Negi, Anil Negi, JS Patwal,Rattan Rawat and Mr. Rana also deserve special mention and appreciation for their untiring efforts to enhance the prestige of the team to a level, highly laudable, as it is today. These four inspirers of the team managed funds and enthused the players to bring laurels for the club, state of Uttarakhand and the nation. GARHWAL HEROES FOOTBAL CLUB today is a household name in India especially in every Uttarakhandies mind and heart. BRAVO GARHWAL HEROES.The Uttarakhand Journalists Forum conveys its heartiest greeting to GHFC on this occasion and urges upon the chief minisyer of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat to encourage sports, particularly football and cricket in the state as there is no dearth of potential sportsmen in the state but the complacense attitude of succesive governments during the 17 years have not been so encoraging, unfortunately.

The latest cabinet rejig and expansion that included several new faces and elevations of the few, had no place for states’ like Uttarakhand, particularly the Garhwal region that gave India Victoria cross winners like Gabar Singh Negi and revolutionary freedom fighters late Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali who during the pre independence days, risking his own life as well as the lives of several other Garhwali soldiers had not only refused to fire on the  Pathans in Peshawar led  by the then Frontier Gandhi Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan by openly violating British orders but also underwent 14 years of solitary confinement in the dreaded Jail of the Andaman& Nicobar along with other hostile Garhwali soldiers. It seems that either prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief devalue the member of parliaments of Uttarakhand due to their incompetence either in Parliament or in BJP or in their eyes a small state of Uttarakhand with just five MP’s having a population of 1.15 crore hold no relevance politically in the making of the central government. Currently BJP has five member of parliaments from Lok Sabha, all won in 2014 with a handsome majority viz. Major General BC Khanduri from Pauri and Maharani Rajya Lakshmi from Tehri Garhwal. The former Chief Ministers of Uttarakhand Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Bhagat Singh Koshiyari represent Haridwar and Nainital seat respectively whereas the lone state minister of textiles representing entire Uttarakhand at the center Ajay Tamta represents the Almora reserve constituency. It is pertinent to mention here that the Tehri Garhwal seat currently represented by Maharani Rajya Lakshmi was earlier held for five terms in succession by her late father in law  Maharaja Manvendra Shah, the erstwhile Tehri Maharaja on BJP ticket later on to be wrested by Vijay Bahuguna of Congress. Though we blame the BJP high command for this misrepresentation but the fact of the matter is the internal bickering within the various BJP factions in Uttarakhand is the primary reason for a minister of state slot going in favor of Ajay Tamta, a dedicated RSSite and a non controvertial dalit MP. Moreover, two former UK CMs and present MPs Major General Khanduri and Bhagat Singh Koshiyari have already crossed 75 and are therefore not eligible for minister ship as per the criteria fixed by Narendra Modi. Now, Uttarakhand is left with Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Rajya Lakshmi Shah from Haridwar and Tehri Garhwal respectively and both of them are two term MPs. Keeping in view the previous equitable representations of Garhwal and Kumaon in the union cabinet, the utterly poor representation of Uttarakhand in the union cabinet has annoyed one and all in the Himalayan state, particularly the electorates of Garhwal region who feel completely betrayed despite their according( giving) such a huge mandate in both the elections of the state legislature as well as the center to the BJP. What’s your take on this post, friends?