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The Sardar Sarovar Project

The Sardar Sarovar Project
Assessing Economic and Social Impacts

First Edition
  • S. Jagadeesan - IAS (Retd.), Managing Director, Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd. (SSNL)
  • M. Dinesh Kumar - Executive Director, Institute for Resource Analysis and Policy (IRAP), Hyderabad, India

November 2015 | 334 pages | SAGE India

A much-needed post-facto evaluation of one of the most controversial projects in recent history—the Sardar Sarovar Project

Built across the Narmada River, the Sardar Sarovar Project has faced a multitude of economic, financial, social, and environmental challenges since its inception. Its environmental and socioeconomic impacts, as also the net costs and benefits, have been at the center of controversies leading to many protests in recent times.

This book argues that, if properly implemented, such a large project provides a unique opportunity to improve the quality of life of millions of people, who in most cases live in disadvantageous situations.

The book also tracks the history of rehabilitation and resettlement of people displaced from the Narmada valley to examine how their socioeconomic and cultural life has changed over time.

Foreword Cecilia Tortajada
Setting the Global Context
Social Benefits and Impacts: An Analysis of Sardar Sarovar Project
Narmada River Basin and Sardar Sarovar Project
Sardar Sarovar Project and Improving Groundwater Regime in Overexploited Regions of Gujarat
Socioeconomic Impact of Canal Irrigation
Drinking Water Supplies from Narmada: Socioeconomic Impacts
Indirect Impacts of Irrigation and Drinking Water Supply
Environmental Externalities of Sardar Sarovar Project
Socioeconomic Impacts on Displaced Population
Maximizing Future Benefits and Minimizing Negative Impacts from Sardar Sarovar Project

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