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Assessing the Impact of Hydroelectric Project construction on the Rivers of District Chamba of Himachal Pradesh in the Northwest Himalaya, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Social Work, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab-147002, INDIA
  • 2Department of Botany, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab-147002, INDIA
  • 3Collective Efforts for Voluntary Action (CEVA), Head Office Killar, Pangi, Chamba-176323, HP, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 3, Issue (2), Pages 21-25, February,14 (2014)


During the last few years back, hydroelectric projects in hilly areas have attracted attention concerning the social and environmental impacts that have arisen from such hydroelectric power projects. Construction and operation of dams have always been associated with changes in the social, physical and biological environment. Some of the negative impacts of hydroelectric projects include loss of vegetations, topographical disturbances, changes in rivers flow patterns, involuntary resettlement, health problems, loss of cultural values and marginalization of local people. The impacts due to hydropower development, especially of reservoir and dams are always extensive in term of space. It covers upstream, on site, and downstream areas and surrounding of hydropower plants. Generally that all the hydroelectric projects in Chamba district have been given all attention regarding its technical design and economical issues of the project and very least or almost negligible attention on social and environmental factors, which are much more important in context to the remote, tribal culture rich and very high earthquake sensitive zone of Chamba district of Northwest Himalaya.


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