When Rains Fall, the Roads Break: Can We Prevent It?

The hilly area of Uttarakhand is a very fragile region highly prone to disasters. 90% of the passenger and freight transportation is dependent on roads. Despite this, every year during monsoon the roads are damaged or remain blocked for days. A close view of the road construction/management process in Uttarakhand reveals that the state fails to…

Uttarakhand’s Battling Interests: Time to Change Priorities?

Tourism and hydroelectricity generation are the major contributors to Uttarakhand’s economy. However, underutilisation of existing hydroelectricity projects, indifference towards environmental impact, proposal of new projects in environmentally sensitive zones and acute concentration of tourism in selected pockets is a cause of much worry. This article was published in Terra Green-an internationally circulated environmental monthly published…

How Much Can The Hills Take?

While the hills provide the visiting tourists a refreshing ambiance; an uncontrolled and highly concentrated tourism industry imposes heavy burdens on the meager resources. This article was first published in Hardnews and can be accessed at http://www.hardnewsmedia.com/2016/06/uttarakhand-how-much-can-hills-take With large parts of India still under the spell of a scorching sun, the hill stations in Uttarakhand…

Chipping Away At Their Lives

A far-flung village in Almora district could soon become history due to a silent killer: termites.  Just like the rest of the Kumaon region, Lambari is a picture-perfect hamlet. But zoom in a little closer and you will find that the villagers out there don’t really feel at home. The source of their despair is…