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

A+| A| A-

Protest against Big Dams

A propos the article “Big Dams and Protests in India: A Study of Hirakud Dam” by A K Nayak (EPW, 9 January 2010), the construction of the Hirakud dam across the Mahanadi in western Orissa in the 1950s was more in the interests of the coastal people than the people of that region. Although, Naraj, in the coastal belt, was the most suitable site for the dam on the Mahanadi, political powers forced its construction at Hirakud.

The dam submerged a tract of very fertile land of that region along with huge mineral deposits and large tracts of forests. The project displaced more than one lakh people, with the worst ever resettlement process in the annals of rehabilitation history of the country.

Dear Reader,

To continue reading, become a subscriber.

Explore our attractive subscription offers.

Click here

Or

To gain instant access to this article (download).


Pay
INR 59

(Readers in India)


Pay
$ 6

(Readers outside India)

Support Us

Your Support will ensure EPW’s financial viability and sustainability.

The EPW produces independent and public-spirited scholarship and analyses of contemporary affairs every week. EPW is one of the few publications that keep alive the spirit of intellectual inquiry in the Indian media.

Often described as a publication with a “social conscience,” EPW has never shied away from taking strong editorial positions. Our publication is free from political pressure, or commercial interests. Our editorial independence is our pride.

We rely on your support to continue the endeavour of highlighting the challenges faced by the disadvantaged, writings from the margins, and scholarship on the most pertinent issues that concern contemporary Indian society.

Every contribution is valuable for our future.