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Nephal: Proposed Pancheshwar Dam along Indo-Nepal border will put flora & fauna at risk: Report by Prem Punetha July 30,2020   |  Source: The Times of India

The recently-released State of Environment Report compiled by the Uttarakhand Pollution Control Board in collaboration with GB Pant Agriculture and Technical University has claimed that the proposed Pancheshwar Dam along the Indo-Nepal border will put more than 300 species of flora and fauna in danger. The report points out that the dam will have an adverse impact on around 43 mammals and 193 varieties of flora along with 30 species of fish and 70 species of birds found in the region. Several environmentalists have also said that the proposed dam would be an ecological disaster for the area.

India and Nepal had jointly proposed a multi-purpose project on Kali river at Pancheshwar in Champawat district and the project has been in works for a long time now. According to this project, construction of a 315-metre-high dam is proposed which will likely help in the production of 6,720 megawatt of electricity and also provide water for irrigation in Uttar Pradesh.

The report also says that 87 villages of Almora, Champawat, and Pithoragarh will submerge in the lake if the dam is built. “The level of oxygen is already so low in the lakes of the region that it threatens the existence of many aquatic and amphibious animals. The dam will hinder the natural flow of the Kali river.

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