Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 1008–1011 | Cite as

Hydro-electric power in the Panjkora basin at the expense of environmental deterioration and biodiversity loss—immediate action required for mitigation

  • Sana UllahEmail author
  • Zhongqiu LiEmail author
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

South Asian countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka fall short of their electricity requirement and are faced with energy crisis (Ahmed 2015). This very specific region is bestowed with widespread large water bodies; therefore, hydro-electric power projects have been initiated on a very wide scale to cover up the shortage of electricity. Of these, Pakistan is an under-developing country, swiftly stabilizing its economy, and has been listed as one of the fastest growing economies in Asia. Pakistan has initiated hydropower projects on a very large scale, enrolling it among top 5 countries of the world investing that much in private participation infrastructure (Chaudhry 2017). The provincial governments have initiated hydropower projects in different parts of the country as well, such as the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has initiated hydropower projects on quite a huge scale, more specifically in the northern and northwestern part of the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Life SciencesNanjing UniversityNanjingPeople’s Republic of China

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