Renuka Dam: Being built in the Sirmaur district of the state this 148 m tall dam is being built in the name of providing water to Delhi. The 1000 families going to be displaced as a result of the project have been treated as mere collateral damage. Pristine mixed deciduous forests are going to be submerged by the dam.

Read report titled ‘Dispossessing Mountain Communities’ that provides the details of the impacts of the project.

Correspondence with MoEF related to the project

Read Articles on the issue

Bajoli Holi Hydroelectric Project: The clearance for the privately promoted 180 MW project proposed on the Ravi river in Chamba district has been fraught with shortcomings. The local people have also been vehemently opposing the alignment of the tunnel to be built for the project, which is planned to be built along the populated and forested left bank of the river rather than the uninhabited right bank along which project had earlier been found feasible by a government agency.

For more information see the following links:

A video documentary

All women’s fact finding to Holi

Copy of NGT judgement

Copy of High court Judgement

Copy of CEA letter


Luhri HEP: This World Bank funded 750 MW Project on the Sutlej river is going to involve construction of 38 km long twin tunnels and its impact is going to cut across areas in three districts – Kullu, Shimla and Mandi. We have been involved in ensuring that the local people are made aware of the impacts and are able to articulate their position during the Public Hearings that were held for the project in May and August, 2011

Press Note on the 7th May Public Hearing

‘A River Under Arrest’ – report on the 750 MW Luhri Hydropower Project

Kashang HEP: Funded by the Asian Development Bank, the Integrated Kashang Hydropower Project in the high altitude region of the Kinnaur District is going to have irreversible ecological impacts. The local people have now challenged the grant of Forest Clearance in the National Green Tribunal

Submission to Forest Advisory Committee

Submission Objecting to CDM

Jispa HEP: The Jispa Hydroelectric Project coming up in the Lahul Valley on a tributary of river Chenab is likely to open the flood gates for several more hydro projects in the high altitude valley. There is staunch local opposition to the project on the grounds of the impacts on tourism and ecology.
Release of report on the Jispa Dam ‘Beginning of the End’

Hul I HEP; A 4.5 MW micro hydel project which is being built in the Saal Valley and has met with staunch local opposition owing to its impacts on the customary forest and water rights of the people.

No One Listens to Gram Sabhas – An Article

Small but not so beautiful – An article

Saal Ghati Bachao Sangharsh Morcha’s Note on Hul Hydro