Submissions-RIVERS, DAMS, E-FLOWS


This section contains submissions made by Manthan to different Public Authorities under RIVERS, DAMS, E-FLOWS theme.


Comments submitted to the Ministry of Power constituted Expert Committee on the Draft National Electricity Policy 2021

The Ministry of Power has published a Draft National Electricity Policy (NEP) 2021 on 27th April 2021, prepared and recommended by a MoP constituted Expert Committee. The Expert Committee has solicited suggestions and comments on the same. Ashwini Chitnis, an independent researcher and policy analyst, and Manthan Adhyayan Kendra have analysed the draft document and prepared a detailed set of comments with their main focus on hydropower sections, and some environmental issues. These comments submitted to the Committee argue that the proposed Draft National Electricity Policy’s push for hydropower as part of India’s optimal generation mix is lacking both economic and environmental rationale.

Read the Detailed Comments Here


Submission to the Ministry of Power regarding the financial viability related issues for the proposed Etalin Hydro Electric Project (EHEP)

The Forest Advisory Committee (FAC), in its meeting held on 23rd April 2020 discussed the issue of diversion forest land for the proposed 3097 MW Etalin Hydro Electric Project (EHEP) in Dibang valley of Arunachal Pradesh. Before taking a decision, the  FAC has posed several questions to the Ministry of Power (MoP) regarding the necessity as well as financial viability of the concerned project. Ashwini Chitnis, Independent researcher and policy analyst, and Manthan Adhyayan Kendra carried out an analysis of the issues forwarded by the FAC to MoP and submitted the same to the MoP for their consideration while responding to the FAC. This is the full text of the submission. This submission clearly shows that there is no economic or financial rationale for the project, and urges the MoP that it should recommend to the FAC that the project need not be proceeded ahead with.

Read Summary and Release Here

Read Full Submission Here

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Comments on Lohit Basin Study

Letter sent to Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC), MoEF on Lohit Basin Study for EAC meeting of 11-12 Dec 2014. Includes comments on e-flows for Lohit basin.

Submission, sent on 10 Dec 2014.

Read full letter here. For reading previous letter click here.


Comments on Lohit basin study

Letter sent to Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC), MoEF on Lohit Basin Study for EAC meeting of 20-21 Jan 2014. Includes comments on e-flows for Lohit basin.

Submission, sent on 17 Jan 2014.

Read full letter here. For reading follow up letter click here.