some very commonly and frequently asked questions related to the
Sardar Sarovar Project are briefly
Please click on the questions below to get the answers-
When environmental consequences of the Sardar Sarovar Project
are not known why it is being persued ?
the tribals are being forced to abandon their places and migrate to
an uncertain future when they are comfortably living in pristine forest
area and cultivating fertile land ?
The government of Gujarat as an environment ameliorative measures
enlarged the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary near the dam site. It
is estimated by some quarters that this would mean 40,000 adivasi
people being displaced from about 101 forest villages within the
boundaries of the park. Why these adivasis are not considered as
project affected persons ?
When it is expected that shifting of
their original habitat, would make them to lose their identity in the
lieu of new environment and there would be considerable shift in
their culture, style of living and also various customs and
practices being observed by them, then why they are being relocated
Q. Why the project is
being pushed even though the large parts of the area slated to be
irrigated have soil which are highly prone to water logging and
salinity and are not suited for canal irrigation ?
When all the available water is likely to
be consumed by the less needy areas of Central Gujarat before it
ever reaches Kutch and Saurashtra, besides only 1.6% of the total
cultivable land of Kutch and 9.24% of the cultivable land of
Saurashtra are in the SSP command area, the project would mostly benefit
rich farmers. How the project proposes to solve the severe drought
problems of Kutch and Saurashtra, the two drier parts of Gujarat
which are at
the tail end of the canal system?
Why an independent agency should not be appointed to monitor works
on the project ?
Why large size water harvesting structures are allowed when small water harvesting structures can do the job ?
When it is estimated that over one million people will lose land or
be otherwise severely affected by the various components of the
project and no comprehensive surveys have been completed by the
Project authorities then why the project is being pushed ?
the assessment that at least of 28 Million Acre Feet (MAF) of water
flow down the river was correct, whereas measurements of the actual
flow between 1948 and 1993 showed that this has been only 22.75 MAF
the power actually produced by the SSP will be much less than the
installed capacity, mainly because irrigation in the long run will
be preferred over power generation. What are the safety measures
which are to
be adopted to avoid such a scenario ?