Answers to some very commonly and frequently asked questions related to the Sardar Sarovar Project are briefly presented here. Please click on the questions below to get the answers-

Q. When environmental consequences of the Sardar Sarovar Project are not known why it is being persued ?

Q. Why 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 ?

Q. 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 ?

Q. When it is expected that shifting of  tribals from 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 ?

Q. 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?

Q. Why an independent agency should not be appointed to monitor works on the project ?

Q. Why large size water harvesting structures are allowed when small water harvesting structures can do the job ?

Q. 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 ? 

Q. Whether 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 ?

Q. When 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 ?

TOP