" How can there be ban only in Uttarakhand?
Just because we have the holy rivers and pilgrims come to our state? There should be uniform policy for all the states.
Why no such ban in Himachal Pradesh or Jammu and Kashmir?"...
This was the reaction of Uttarakhand CM Bahuguna when he had received the expert report on the area on the aftermath of flashfloods and landslides on Aug 2012, that had cut off the entire Bhatwari tehsil of Gangotri area, from the rest of the world...
The report mentioned how commercial interests are opening the gates to disaster . Several recommendations had been made including the complete ban of construction in the entire watershed around the 135 Km stretch between Gaumukh and Uttarkashi, along the Bhagirathi river (An eco-sensitive zone, Environment Protection Act, 1986)
Why did Bahuguna simply slept on these warnings that had predicted a certain doom well in advance ???????????