Failing to open decades old blindfold: Narmada Dam fiasco


The discussion over humungous dams on the River Narmada has come to symbolize the battle for a fair and impartial society in India. The story is long and entangled and will set aside a long opportunity to tell.

None to the knowledge of the commoners about any river project on the planet has ever before been stalled for a considerable length of time and triggered such furious debate as the Narmada. The rundown of causes and factors adding to this situation is long. However, the major among them are between State contention, clashing cases over its water system, water, and power benefits, ‘lacking’ recovery bundle, a questionable subsidizing course of action and questions about the plausibility of high dams (Sardar Sarovar in Gujarat and Narmada Sagar in Madhya Pradesh). To top them all is the organized protest battle propelled by the ‘Narmada Bachao Andolan’. The Narmada Bachao Andolan (Save the Narmada Movement), which is leading the dissent, says the undertaking will uproot more than 200,000 individuals besides harming the delicate environment of the area.

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat a couple of days back, miles away in neighboring Madhya Pradesh, thousands did a ‘Jal Satyagraha’ – a dissent sitting shoeless in water. The ‘Jal Satyagraha’ challenge started on the banks of the Narmada River at Chota Barda town in Dhar, where the water level is expanding bit by bit. The waters have officially submerged Nisarpur and notable Rajghat. Region authorities, police and National Disaster Response Force or NDRF are on high caution in Dhar and Barwani. It is said that the water from the dam is probably going to influence 40,000 families who may need to leave their homes that will be submerged. The debate has been highlighted by rehashed increments in the dam’s height since it wound up plainly operational. As far back as 1999, the dam’s height has been raised continuously finished the years, from the underlying 80m to 138.68m. The Narmada Bachao Andolan has additionally required a complete stream of the Narmada Valley Development Project with specific reference to the Sardar Sarovar. With this as a top priority, it is impossible to say concerning what does the future absolutely hold for the Narmada!

In June this year, the Supreme Court enabled the height to be raised from the present 121.92m to 138.68m. The protesting group of activists had contended energetically against an additional increase of the height by 17 meters.


It is perceived that the multifaceted nature of the issues has sliced through all the talk, untruths and subterfuge of the personal stakes, the gross disparities are clear. Extensive quantities of poor and underprivileged inhabitants are being forced to mobilize from their native and even their methods for living to clear a path for dams, especially based on the premise of fantastically questionable cases of regular advantage and “national interest”. To a certain section of the society, it might appear indecent and along these lines inadmissible. None of the illustrated advantages of the construction can be upheld to legitimize the disavowal of the major privileges of the local people there. Also, given the proof of prior mega-dam projects in India and elsewhere and what has just occurred in the Narmada Valley, is eternally inequitable to the pledged positives of the construction.

A gander at the ground reality would clarify anybody of the genuine idea of the dam developer’s endeavor. Vast dams suggest expansive spending plans for related ventures prompting extensive benefits for a little gathering of individuals. A mass of research demonstrates that even on simply specialized grounds, giant dams have been enormous disappointments. While they have conveyed just a small amount of their implied benefits, they have had a to a great degree decimating impact on the riverine biological community and have rendered down and out huge quantities of individuals. For no mega-dam in India has it been demonstrated that the resettled individuals have been furnished with just pay and recovery. At a more dynamic level, the inquiries that emerge in the Narmada protest run the prevailing model of advancement that holds out the illusory guarantee of material riches through modernization, however, sustains an iniquitous dissemination of assets and wreaks social and natural destruction.

What lies ahead?

BA activists say the dams will submerge forest, farmland, disturb downstream fisheries and perhaps immerse and salinate land along the trenches, expanding the possibility of myriad diseases. On contrary, one might also want to stress that the water issues of dry regions of Gujarat, similar to Kutch, Saurashtra and North Gujarat are as a matter of fact genuine. However, given the idea of the plans for Sardar Sarovar, it will never tackle these issues.