“The Narmada Valley Project, of which the Omkareshwar Dam is part of, is one of the most controversial development projects in the world. The project is plagued with proven claims of adverse environmental impacts to say the least. Allegations of – absence or partially executed and biased government or privately sponsored impact assessment studies – have rendered the actual human, environment and heritage damage caused by the entire project marred with lack of real information. The entire Narmada Valley Project cost with its projected development benefit assessed against the project’s human impact cost is so widely disproportionate, that it does not make monitory or development sense to implement the project. (Narmada Valley project: Development or Destruction?; Ashish Kothari and Rajiv Bhartari, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 19, No. 22/23 (Jun. 2-9, 1984), pp. 907-909+911-920.) Yet the project is at the stage of advanced implementation, of which the Omkareshwar project, is completed.
The Omkareshwar Dam is one of the 30 large dams conceived in the Narmada Valley Project. The Omkareshwar Dam, an intra-state project for generating 520 mega watts of power, which is also projected to irrigate an estimated 147000 hectares of agricultural land, was approved by the Madhya Pradesh State Government, with an assessment that on completion of the project, 30 villages would be submerged at the full reservoir level that is, 196.60 meters.”
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