Monday, July 6, 2015

Сlimate change and dams are among biggest threats facing Himalayan rivers in India

Himalayan rivers account for nearly two-thirds of India's national river flows, and 43 per cent of India's population depends on just the Ganga for their water needs. India has 4,857 large dams (more than 15 m in height or 10-15 m if it fulfills some other conditions) in operation and 314 under construction. While nine out of 10 dams in India have irrigation as their main purpose, in the Himalayan region, which accounts for 70 per cent of hydro power potential. 
According to environmental activists and scientists, dams along with pollution and climate change are among the biggest threats facing Himalayan rivers like the Brahmaputra, the Indus and the Ganga. These have a direct bearing on India's water security because Himalayan rivers account for nearly two-thirds of India's national river flows. Read more at http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/