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BC LargeDamsNE 

Large Dams for Hydropower in Northeast India: a Dossier

Kalpavriksh and South Asia Network on dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP)
pp 228 only photocopy available Rs. 150

Compiled by Manju Menon with Kanchi Kohli

More large dams are being proposed in Northeast India than in any other part of India. Yet very little organised information is available about what is happening in this region. This Dossier is an attempt by SANDRP and Kalpavriksh to provide information about the large dams being planned, constructed and operated in the region. The dossier contains case studies and notes about some projects in the region, thematic papers on issues related to large dams, official documents and media reports on some of the projects and citizens' responses to such development projects through memoranda and resolutions. The last section in the dossier contains information regarding some central and local legislation that governs environmental decision making of river valley projects. Knowledge of these could help citizens understand the process of decision making and thereby utilise the opportunities available for participating in it.

The information in the dossier could also be used for further investigations and understanding of impacts of commissioned and proposed projects in the region.

 BC RiverofStories

River of Stories

Orijit Sen, 1994 pp. 60, only photocopies available

Loosely based on the Narmada River Valley Projects controversy, and woven around the creation myths of the Apatani and Bhilala peoples, this is a story of a river, its people, and schemes to tame them under an alien notion of ‘development’. It is a composite of comic book and text format.

 BC EnvaspetcofSSDam

The Environmental Aspects of the Sardar Sarovar Project

Ashish Kothari and Rahul Ram, 1994 pp. 50

The Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP), the largest and most expensive river valley project ever initiated in India, is often described by its proponents as Gujarat’s lifeline. However its critics feel that it may be one of India’s largest planned ecological disasters. In this book, the environmental aspects of the SSP are discussed in terms accessible to a lay reader. It describes the need for an Environmental Impact Assessment of the project and explains why it is lacking, how conditional environmental clearance was granted to it, and how that clearance has effectively lapsed, and also, whether the SSP can be justified at all. Basic ideas about environmental impacts of dams and irrigation projects are clearly spelt out, therefore setting up a framework within which projects other than SSP can also be examined.

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Muddy Waters: A Critical Assessment of the Benefits of the Sardar Sarovar Project
1993; Revised Second Edition, 1994 pp. 40, only photocopiesavailable

Rahul Ram


The Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) is the largest and most expensive multipurpose river project ever to be initiated in India. It is claimed that it will be able to drought-proof Gujarat by irrigating 1.8 million ha of land and by supplying drinking water to 40 million people. In addition it will have an installed capacity of 1450 MW of power. However none of these claimed benefits have ever been comprehensively and critically scrutinized.  This is the task that ‘Muddy Waters’ sets out to do, using project planning documents and studies commissioned by the Government of Gujarat and the World Bank. It shows that the claims made about the SSP are grossly exaggerated, that the project is unlikely to live up to its promises and that it is imperative that the project be critically reviewed as soon as possible to prevent further wastage of our national wealth.