Sreelatha Menon: Mountains of concrete

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INDE, Kalijhora: Vue d’ensemble de la construction du projet hydroélectrique par la Compagnie d’énergie hydroélectrique nationale d’Inde, sur le fleuve Teesta à Kalijhora, à environ 30 kms de Siliguri le 11 juillet 2008. Copyright AFP PHOTO / Diptendu DUTTA

Dawa Tsering and Tenzing are stuck in Gangtok since they began their indefinite fast nearly two years ago. Maybe they are stuck for ever as the Himalayan state of Sikkim has on its agenda about 30 hydel power projects on various rivers, including the Teesta, and a target of 8,000 Mw capacity addition. The Lepcha activists see in this danger to their rivers, mountains and to their ancient tribal abode of Dzongu in North Sikkim.

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