Protests in Uttarakhand’s Thano forest after government plans to cut 10,000 trees

Thousands of people have recreated the Chipko Movement in Uttrakhand’s Thano forest to save 10,000 trees from being cut. The Dehradun Government is planning to transfer 243 acres of the forest to the Airport Authority of India (AAI), for their expansion plans to start international flights.

Jollygrant Airport Director D K Gautam told ANI, “For the airport expansion, the state government will denotify forest reserve according to the norms of the Environment Ministry. As far as trees are concerned, there would be plantation at some other place.”

People who have come to protest from Rishikesh and Haridwar had tied ‘raksha sutras’ around the trees, pledging to protect them. Environmentalists are concerned that cutting these trees will impact the movement of wild animals, especially since this area lies within 10 km of the Rajaji National Park.  The elephant corridors will also be affected. People have been chanting slogans and also signing online petitions to protect these trees against felling.


Eight new bridges virtually inaugurated in Uttarakhand by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Eight new bridges were virtually inaugurated in Uttarakhand by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on October 12. They have been built in Pithorgarh Districts of Tullagad, Dongatoll,Dobat-1, Elagad, Sirall, Sayaldharand and Charighad in Uttarakhand. The longest one is in Charigad while the shortest bridge is in Dongatoll.


Around 8 bridges were inaugurated in the state of Uttarakhand along with the 36 other bridges in different parts of India. Pithorgarh is one of the districts which shares its border with Nepal. The bridges as stated by Sir Rajnath Singh are strategic locations and are important as they help in connecting remote areas. The bridges will be helpful in supplying goods to armed forces who have been placed near the border of China.The bridges have been built by Border Roads Organization (BRO) in a very short period of time and have proved to be efficient in their work.



CM Rawat who was also one of the attendees of the virtual inauguration stated that these bridges will be of great benefit to the pilgrims of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. The people living in the hilly areas of Pithorgarh have been demanding the bridges from a long time as the rocky terrain made it difficult for them to travel. He stated, “Their demands have finally been met, thus opening new avenues of development there”.