A campaign ‘No Means No’ initiated in the Kinnaur region in Himachal Pradesh petitions for an immediate halt to dangerous hydropower projects in the region, which they described as “fragile and overexploited.” This comes only days after India’s pledge to reduce carbon emissions at the Glasgow Climate Summit by stressing a variety of efforts, including hydel projects. As per the statement, the organizers of ‘No Means No Campaign ‘along with Kinnaur and Lahaul Spiti Ekta Manch stated that they are concerned about the bumper-to-bumper dams have been built in the Himalayan region.
The demonstrators also claimed that the unprecedented surface and subsurface construction had caused irrevocable land-use changes in an earthquake and landslide-prone zone, negatively harming the lives and livelihood of the local Kinnaur indigenous tribe. Several projects are in the works in the area. Despite the fact that four major hydro projects are still under development, more than 20 projects are in the works. A new wave of building is planned above 3,000 metres, all the way up to the trans-Himalayas. According to reports, more than 50 projects will be built on the Chenab River and its tributaries in Lahaul-Spiti.
In one of the most environmentally fragile and geologically vulnerable Kinnaur districts in Himachal Pradesh 10 large and 12 small hydropower facilities have been built with a total installed capacity of 3,041 MW, as well as 11 transmission lines. Many landslides have occurred in Himachal recently as a result of severe and continuous rain. Kinnaur has also been hit by a series of devastating landslides this monsoon.