Is development destroying Uttarakhand?

By Noman Siddiqui

Floods, landslides, forest fires, glacier bursts. Uttarakhand has suffered a series of devastating natural disasters over the last decade. But are they really natural disasters or is there a human hand involved? Is the Himalayan state paying a price for a development model that has scant regard for local environmental and ecological conditions? The plans to "develop" Sukhatal and Sattal in Nainital have only made these questions more urgent.

Noman Siddiqui takes a look at what's happening and what it entails.


Newslaundry is a reader-supported, ad-free, independent news outlet based out of New Delhi. Support their journalism, here.

What is inkl?

Important stories

See news based on value, not advertising potential. Get the latest news from around the world.

Trusted newsrooms

We bring you reliable news from the world’s most experienced journalists in the most trusted newsrooms.

Ad-free reading

Read without interruptions, distractions or intrusions of privacy.