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

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World Commission on Dams and India

The response of the ministry of water resources to the World Commission on Dams and its report has been wholly negative. It has questioned the composition of the Commission, its procedures, the adequacy and representativeness of the sample studied, the 'knowledge base' of the report, the manner in which the report was finalised, and the fairness and objectivity of the analysis and findings. It has also found the Commission's approach to future planning objectionable and unacceptable. This paper attempts to examine some of the criticisms to the WCD and makes a plea for allowing a debate on the various issues raised rather than move towards an uncompromising polarisation of views.

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