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Environmental Issues in India by Mahesh Rangarajan

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THE TRAGEDY OF DISPLACEMENT

Sanjay Sangvai

The Sardar Sarovar Project would cause the most massive displacement by any one project in India till date. Though the government has always underestimated the number of affected persons, it is certain that at least 41,500 families from 245 villages—in Maharashtra (33 villages, 5,000 families), Gujarat (19 villages, 4,500 families) and Madhya Pradesh (193 villages and over 33,000 families)—will be affected by the reservoir alone, as per the announcement of the Union Water Resource Minister in Parliament in July, 1994. That is a steep increase from Gujarat's claim of only 6,700 families to be affected. Only the reservoir affected persons are considered project affected persons (PAPs) by the government. ...

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