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|Title:||Unending Dispossession An Enquiry into Lives of Dam Oustees of Alimatti Dam on River Krishna|
Dams and Development
Almatti Dam - Krishna River
|Abstract:||Dam leads to Development, a well-constructed theory has led many Nations to follow the path for overall holistic development of their country. No country on the earth is spared form building the dam, in fact Dams are considered to be the pride of Nation, India being an independent, republic nation too inculcated same development path in its planning, resulting in several big dams built across the nation with the support of International agencies and strong backing from government. Emphasizing on other side of the story apart from development Dams leads to destruction too, perhaps it is not always win-win situation. Losers are worst affected. Over the period of time India has built more than 4000 Dams and no dam is spared from disapproving this theory. This particular research tries to examine conditions of dam ousters on Almatti dam built over river Krishna in Vijaypura district. Often referred as largest number of people ever displaced in Indian history by dam, it continues to displace people even till today from beginning of dam construction in 1965, all these incidents have made Almatti Dam as center of controversy for several years. From the available primary and secondary data source and sufficient literature the research honestly throw light upon the conditions and situation on Dam ousters who have been displaced at different stages of dam building process. By applying the different research methods. The study was carried out during 2015-16 with 50 respondents in Vijayapura and Bagalkote districts of Karnataka. The study tries to analyze the impact of displacement in completely submerged villages, partially submerged villages and Submerging villages at 524.26mtr. The overall journey of R&R activities has not been satisfactory, promises made under Karnataka Resettlement of Project Displaced act – 1987 have hardly accomplished on ground level. The study tried to understand the difference of time between Submergence, Relocation, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, how difficult it is for PAF to undergo traumatic experiences during these stages, All the respondents have undergone the traumatic experiences during displacement , 70 percent of respondents have turned from landholder to landless, even after 20years of relocation 17 percent of respondents have still not been able to build house in RC plot, more than 50 percent of respondents were not at all part of R&R plan, while reporting the functioning of R&R official and administration, corruption cases were rampant and only 20 percent of respondents have received transportation assistance for relocation. Besides CSV, PSV have their fate hanging in balance, there is all possibilities of villages getting drowned and there is hardly any preparation among people to face, so far only 7 percent of families among respondents have utilized compensation amount to build house in RC plots and 20 percent of respondents have so far not received any assistance which could help them in relocation. Apart from these the VS at 524.25 are ambiguous, although the government has notified the land under submergence and people are pre occupied with one question that when does village will submerge? The study has tried to analyses qualitatively, the different impacts on lives of people and recorded their perception on getting relocated.|
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