The Supreme Court in India has rejected a bid to halt construction of a controversial hydro-electric dam project on the Bhagirathi river at Tehri in the northern state of Uttaranchal.
The court dismissed a petition challenging the project on the grounds that the dam could be vulnerable to seismic activity.
The court said there was no evidence that the construction was not following environmental guidelines.
The verdict was passed down by three judges who voted two-to-one against the petitioners.
Indian civil rights activists have spent two decades protesting against the construction of the dam.
From the newsroom of the BBC World Service