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Dialogue on dams in Indore to review impact of big projects across India

By Our Representative
The Narmada Bachao Andolan, in association with the Matu Jan Sangathan and the Bargi Bandh Visthapit Evam Prabhavit Sangh, will be holding a dialogue on dams on September 30 at the Hindi Sahitya Samiti, Indore, in order to highlight that with the disaster in Uttarakhand and Kerala, and threats faced and felt in the Narmada valley, it is now more important than ever before to come up with a "sustainable a just way to harness resources and monitor their utilisation and distribution of benefits, drinking water, irrigation and power generation."
In a joint statement, the three civil rights organizations have said, "Dams are in the public domain again! Not all, check dams to small dams, but large dams especially, have become an issue to be debated for their costs, impacts, benefits and resultant equity to injustice. These dams, as symbols of development paradigm, need to be reviewed."
Pointing towards the need for a dialogue on dams, it adds, "Dams have an inseparable link with rivers and river basins which are being linked through magnanimous plans and designs which too need to be assessed" so that concerns of farmers, labourers, fisher people, boatsmen to artisans and traders, associated with rivers, are addressed.
Representatives from Kerala, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and other states are expected to participate in the event present their views.

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