Narmada Dam

For developing countries, big infrastructure such as buildings, industries, and dams are synonymous to development—the bigger the infrastructure, the more developed a country looks. In the same vein, the first prime minister after independence in India, Shri Jawahar Lal Nehru, had a dream of building dams across large rivers in India. He believed that dams were the temples of modern India and would bring prosperity to rural India through the Green Revolution. The prosperity Nehru envisioned did come to some parts of India.

The Narmada River flows through central India for 1,290 kilometers and divides north and south India. The Narmada Dam Project, another of Nehru's visions, involves construction of a series of dams on the Narmada to support increasing demand for water for irrigation (especially ...

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