ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Rohtang Tunnel and Its Consequences in Lahaul and Spiti

Lahaul and Spiti, a remote district in the north-western Himalayas, is on the brink of a major socio-economic transformation due to the construction of the Rohtang tunnel. While this tunnel is highly significant for the influx of people, ideas and technology that it will usher in, it has serious consequences for life in the valley, altering both the society and the environment in notable ways and raising several issues that need to be addressed urgently.

An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Himalayan Studies Conference, 2016 at the University of Texas, Austin. The authors would like to acknowledge the University Grants Commission and Indian Council of Social Science Research for providing fi nancial assistance; the Department of Anthropology, Panjab University, Chandigarh for extending infrastructural and academic support; and Vikash Kumar, Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, Chandigarh for his valuable inputs.

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Updated On : 21st May, 2018
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