The Uttarkhand government’s decision to acquire tea estate land for the Smart City project has been opposed by Left parties and social activists who say it will not only affect environmental balance but also dry up water resources in the city.
Communist Party of India (CPI) and Communist Party of India CPI (M) have opposed the government move and demanded the tea garden workers be given the land for building homes.
Social activists say the city very much needs the green patch which has an important role in recharging of ground water. They said the government had already curbed prospects of groundwater recharge by making canal waters flow through cement pipes.
Anil Joshi, the founder of Himalayan Environment Studies and Conservation Organisation (HESCO) said the Smart City project would only bring up another concrete jungle and affect the environmental balance.
“The future of ground water resources in the city is a big concern and the Smart City project would further complicate the situation,” he said.