Quickly and efficiently the trout were cleaned and we settled down to a feast of fried and smoked trout ... More
a million bucks*
I can find someone to put up the million bucks ,
I know this sounds like I'm pulling one over you.. as some sort of joke or prank conjured out of the depths of my underworked mind , a disease borne from too much trout angling on the Tirthan. .Ah for an evening on a white rock over one of the larger pools watching the trout jump and feed off the surface with your own line going taut every now and then
But no such luck it's true. Like the dodo , the pure, untouched glacial melt rivers and streams of Himachal will soon be extinct. We have lost the Sainj , the Parbati , the Beas , Uhl , to name a few and there are even reports of poor fishing this year in Sangla on the Baspa , a stretch that we, not long ago ,considered one of the best.
All these to mindless , ugly , incongruous power projects
A visit to any of these sites is like a slap in the face. A silted brown river , gouged hillsides, loads of trucks laden with dirt and attitude, teeming masses of migrant labour setting up their jhuggis and shitting out the banks , being welcomed, fed and bedded by short sighted locals setting up ramshackle chai shops and std booths. There are countless documentaries, photos, first hand and newspaper reports of avalanches , landslides and hillsides unable control the ferocity of a cloudburst or even a good monsoon downpour..
Nature can be cruel and exacting and will have its revenge.
In the name of Economic Progress.
My Ass! These are no Ambani - Reliance type of projects aiming to bring
cheaper light and power to the masses
to hell with the masses
even to the locals
Himachal is a major producer of electricity
and we pay 1 Re a unit for a domestic connection that is worth even
less due to erratic voltage and poor distribution. It just isn't worth
it selling the power to the local. He can't or won't pay enough for
it. No It must go to those that can and will pay.. in the cities with
offices and airconditioners and microwaves and what not
demanding consumer , ready and willing to pay more for less
economic fact lies in the price per unit on your power bill in the cities.
Domestic or Commercial.
And while we're on the topic of economics, what is the commercial value of a tiger at Sariska or Corbett, an oversized rhino or a skinny legged Siberian crane. Maybe we should sell the more robust to prop up the Chinese libido and stick the rest in a circus where they can earn a living while on our planet. And then let the builders into the reserves.
But jokes aside.. If I arranged for the guy with the million bucks will you help find the dodo?
We have a dodo.
Well it's not exactly a dodo but will be missed as much . maybe even more.
Tirthan is one of the last of the streams to be touched . That is not
to say that the predators have not been after it. It is being held in
tenuous protection by a disorganized group of concerned individuals
, the efforts of our 80 year old ex MLA Shabaab Sahaab ( almost all
the credit for the current standoff goes to him) and other weak excuses
like it's status as a stream with religious significance . That last
argument is not saving the Parvati. from going under.
What you can do ?
about more than just recreational angling like Project Tiger is about
more than just jeep safaris
Footnote : The Himachal government has since decided not to put up any power projects on the the Tirthan up from Larji and has earmarked the Tirthan for tourism purposes includuing angling.