THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
25 July 2017
States : M.P.
MAHESHWAR HYDROPOWER PROJECT
Turning a full circle

The situation that Maheshwar Project is in, brings sharply into focus the issue of accountability of those responsible for the decisions that impact millions of people, involve thousands of crores of rupees and vast natural resources. Shripad Dharmadhikary hopes that Maheshwar would also offer a chance to demonstrate how those liable for the mess can be held accountable.

Energy Displacement Human Rights

TRIBAL WELFARE
All good, but only on paper An apparently well-intended plan to help very poor tribes in Madhya Pradesh find sustainable livelihoods bears no relation to the reality of how it is actually implemented. Money is simply distributed and disappears, but things remain unchanged. Susmita Guru reports.
Livelihood Adivasis Poverty
WOMEN SARPANCHS
Competing effectively in MP panchayats Panchayats of Madhya Pradesh provide reservation of up to 50 per cent for women, but the participation of women in governance has gone beyond such new roles. Shirish Khare reports on how women leaders are transforming the very traditions and symbols of grassroots politics.
Panchayats Government Authority
NO TO PRIVATISATION
MP town seeks to reclaim its right to water An independent committee appointed by the state validates and upholds most of the objections raised by civil society against attempted privatisation of water supply in Khandwa. Shripad Dharmadhikary, Rehmat and Gaurav Dwivedi discuss the report.
Water Environment
COAL BLOCKS
Mera Bharat aur Mahan The CAG recently suggested that there may be huge losses to the government from improper allocations of coal bocks to companies. All eyes are now on the next set of allocations to be made. Kanchi Kohli reports.
Environment Environmental Law and Regulation
HYDEL AT ANY COST
What Digvijay Singh forgot to tell the PM Beneath Jairam Ramesh's recent turnaround on a 400 MW MP hydel project, was a series of interventions by Digivijay Singh with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Himanshu Upadhyaya digs deeper.
Public Funds Government
DISPLACED BY THE DAM
Penury and peril The stilled waters of the river that always sustained them have now become polluted. Yet, this muddy river is their only source of drinking water, bringing with it illness and disease. Neeta Deshpande's concluding article in this series on uprootment and survival in the Narmada valley.
Displacement Human Rights
CANAL CONSTRUCTION
Narmada dams continue to roll over the rules It is 23 years since the Indira Sagar project was cleared and 17 for the Omkareshwar dam, but in neither case is there a rehabilitation plan in place. The construction, however, continues. Kanchi Kohli reports.
Environment Environmental Law and Regulation Displacement
DISPLACED BY THE DAM
A lifetime's harvest Sitaram Patidar fights on for the land which means everything to him, now lost to the Narmada dam. At the ripe age of seventy, the end of this road of struggle is still not within reach. Neeta Deshpande reports.
Displacement Human Rights
MP HIGH COURT VERDICT
Equal compensation for equal loss The Madhya Pradesh High Court has ruled that excluding canal oustees from the R&R policy applicable to its dam projects is discriminatory and unconstitutional. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports.
Displacement Human Rights
DISPLACED BY THE DAM
The futility of hope When Madubhai first heard that a big dam 150 km away would control the waters of the river he revered, he didn't believe the news. He never knew that its waters would one day drown his little world. Neeta Deshpande reports.
Displacement Human Rights
BUNDELKHAND
Living with drought The rains may have failed Bundelkhand but more than this it is the governments that have forsaken the people over the years. Kannan Kasturi reports.
U.P. Poverty
SMALL TOWNS
Sehore: Once vibrant, now in disarray Twenty years ago Sehore was a very livable town. It had a beautiful microclimate and was surrounded by forests and water bodies that never dried up. Today it is becoming a village again, finds Kalpana Sharma.
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