Decisions driven by environment grounds triggered a debate on development in Uttarakhand this year.
Three big hydro-power projects were scrapped due to environment concerns at a time Uttarakhand’s electricity production dipped to 5 million units -- an all-time low – and the demand kept rising up to 37 million units. And new power projects still hang fire.
The National Green Tribunal’s ban on camping to check pollution in the Ganga was hailed but the rafting industry was hit hard.
On the tourism front, the Char Dham pilgrimage that got a setback after the 2013 floods witnessed some improvement.
Read more about the turnaround in tourism, events and newsmakers of Uttarakhand in 2015.