The so-called success story of the two-digit growth and tall claims of capital investment has masked the reality of multi-digits worth loss of livelihood, damages due to land acquisition, displacement, irreversible damage to environment and permanent loss of natural resources, which are being treated as free goods in this growth model. The investment figures, without any consideration of cost of displacement, destruction and depletion of natural resources and livelihood losses, do not make sense.
Hazards of Asbestos: All forms of Asbestos, including white alias Chrysotile, are highly hazardous. WHO position on asbestos is: All types of asbestos cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, cancer of the larynx and ovary, and asbestosis (fibrosis of the lungs). Exposure to asbestos occurs through inhalation of fibers in air in the working environment, ambient air in the vicinity of point sources such as factories handling asbestos, or indoor air in housing and buildings containing friable (crumbly) asbestos materials.
There are a lot of misconceptions about hydropower projects. They largely come from the statements of project proponents and government that hydropower is clean, green, renewable, cheap source of power. All this gives an impression that hydropower is environment and river friendly. This is a totally wrong impression.
The history of the Sardar Sarovar Dam is marked by vast corruption scandals, rampant human rights violations and deplorable environmental devastation. The role of the state and its institutions in the Narmada Valley is the best example in the country to prove that our law is utilitarian in its approach and paternalistic in its outlook. One cannot expect perfect justice, in an imperfect world. There is no doubt that in national interest, people can be required to resettle, but the question is deeper than what is visible to the naked eye.
Justice (Retd.) D. Murugesan,
Member, National Human Rights Commission,
Manav Adhikar Bhawan,
Block-C, GPO Complex, INA,
New Delhi – 110023
Respected Justice (Retd.) H.L. Dattu,