17 Mad growth
Heavy rains and landslides devastated Uttarakhand in 2013. Next year, floods ravaged Jammu and Kashmir. The Himalayas are the world's youngest mountain range, prone to landslides and flash floods. But unchecked construction, mining, choked catchment areas and hydel projects have made it hazardous. We have been highlighting the issues since 1998 ("Is Tehri dam safe?", January 1-15, 1998). Now Uttarakhand is pushing for more dams; Jammu and Kashmir is yet to recover catchment areas.