In a joint meeting of South Asian Dialogues on Ecological Democracy (SADED), Himalaya Niti Abhiyan (HNA), Environics Trust and Himalayan Information and Knowledge Exchange (HIKE) attended by more than 80 delegates from all over the country, Himalayan environment issues was discussed in two days consultation that concluded in New Delhi on Thursday.
HNA convener Guman Singh informed that it unanimously observed that the Himachal government was trying to establish a single-window mechanism for speeding up the destructive development process and it needs a consensus on such a mechanism.
Guman said the current capitalist development paradigm based upon centralisation, appropriation and sale of private and community natural resources in order to maximise state and corporate revenues at the cost of local livelihoods.
“It was observed that mega industrial and development projects such as cement plants, roads, mining, damming rivers and establishing hydro power projects, heavy chemical industrialisation are destroying forests, biodiversity and all basic resources are posing threat to existence of mountains,” he noted.
“It was the center focus of the discussions that we now need to combat this capitalist, communal and undemocratic model of development and support all struggles in the Himalayas and across the country,” said Guman.