The month of June every year represents peak summer with mercury touching 40 degree and above. This year was no exception. It was summer vacation time. Many families had moved to the hills with dual purpose of getting out of oppressive heat of the plains and to acquire holy grace by visiting abodes of god. Devout Hindus believe journey through life remains incomplete without vising four holy places – char dhams, namely Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
It is still not clear, why flooding happened. Is it because of unprecedented cloud burst, or the perimeter of a lake caving in or due to opening of flood gates of dam to prevent overflowing. If any one or all of these contributed to flooding and loss of lives, then is it not imperative for state government to intimate susceptible population and regulate tourist inflow? Who gave permission, if any, to open flood gates of a dam, if at all?
There is no dispute India needs a lot of power. Hydroelecticity is a clean source of energy. However, to tap natural resource, should the government have transparent and tough regulation that is implemented unbiasedly?
Shown in the picture, a tunnel being dug for construction of a dam.