An expert panel of the environment ministry has recommended forest clearance for three crucial hydro projects located in the Siang river basin, Arunachal Pradesh, that will collectively denude 200 hectares of biodiversity rich forests. The three projects – Pauk, Heo and Tato-I, are all proposed on Yarjep River, a tributary of Siyom River, and have a generating capacity of 571 MW. Earlier, the expert committee appraising projects for forest clearances had deferred clearances as there was no cumulative impact assessment study (CIAS) carried out of the Siang basin. Read more

Courtesy: dna