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Government of India
Ministry of Water Resources
08-August-2016 15:55 IST
Dams on River Ganga

There are 24 completed dam / barrage projects over River Ganga. IIT Roorkee, in the year 2010 had conducted a study on "Assessment of cumulative Impact of Hydropower Projects in Alaknanda- Bhagirathi Basins" and Wildlife Institute of India (WIl) in the year 2012 had conducted a study on "Cumulative Impact Assessment of Hydropower project on terrestrial and aquatic ecology of Alaknanda Bhagirathi basins".

As per the judgment of Supreme Court dated August 13, 2013, Ministry of Environment Forest, & Climate Change has taken up study through an Expert Body to ascertain impact on the flow of the river due to the construction of dams. Studies of six Hydro Electric Projects have been completed and report submitted to the Supreme Court.

National Water Policy, 2012 lays emphasis on optimum use of water for • domestic, agriculture, hydropower, thermal power, navigation, recreation etc. The policy further states that ecological needs of the river should be determined through scientific study and should accommodate developmental needs.

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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