2147. DR. T. SUMATHY (a) THAMIZHACHI THANGAPANDIAN:
Will the Minister of EARTH SCIENCES be pleased to state:
(a) the rate of retreat/melting of Himalayan Glaciers since the last five years, year/Statewise;
(b) the mass balance assessment of nine glaciers in the Himalayan region since the last five years;
(c) whether the Ministry has commissioned any new research studies in the past five years to assess Indian glaciers; and
(d) if so, the details thereof, if not, the reasons therefor?