Even as hundreds of people have been evacuated from Joshimath, a Himalayan town slowly sinking, questions have been raised on years of unchecked construction, hydropower projects, and the lack of a proper drainage system. Local anger has been directed at a government-owned power company, whose ongoing hydropower project, they allege, is tunnelling through the fragile ecosystem.
While some experts believe the situation is still salvageable, there is another Joshimath-like crisis waiting to happen.
As part of the ‘holistic development’ of the Great Nicobar Island, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways is working towards the development of a mega International Container Transhipment Port at Galathea Bay of Great Nicobar Island of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
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