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Uttarakhand disaster caused due to unplanned development: Medha

Chennai:22/05/2013: People affected by Chennai Airport Expansion from the Villages of Manapakkam, Kolapakkam, Gerugampakkam, Tharapakkam and Kovur. Residents of these areas demanding to De-Notify the remaining 857 Acres of land acquired in Four Villages. Socal Activist, Medha Patakar visiting the site and interacting with the residents at Manapakkam on Wednesday. Photo: R_Shivaji Rao   | Photo Credit: R_Shivaji Rao

Terming the recent calamity in Uttarakhand as a man-made disaster, activist Medha Patkar has said it is time to rethink the concept of development.

“This disaster has been caused by unplanned development. It is the result of mindless misuse of the state’s natural resources. The dams, barrages and tunnels built in the name of hydel projects have impacted the course of the rivers which led to the tragedy,” Ms. Patkar told reporters on her return from flood-hit areas of Kedarghati on Wednesday.

She said the authorities need to learn lessons from this colossal calamity and revise their concept of development in the hills.

She also demanded that the valley where the Ganga, Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers flow should be declared an eco-sensitive zone.

Ms. Patkar also asked the Centre to prepare a policy to give economic security to people whose livelihood was linked to tourism and the chardham yatra.

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