The Sardar Sarovar Project has been one of the most debated development projects of the past several decades at both an international level and within India itself. Cullet's volume brings together all the key documents relating to the project: including those pertaining to World Bank loans, the judicial pronouncements of the Supreme Court and documents relating to specific local level issues - in particular environment and rehabilitation. The work includes an introductory section focusing on the history of the project, the involvement of the different actors, the impacts on the local population, and a general analysis of the controversy surrounding it. In providing an easily accessible source for all the main documents relating to this landmark project, this compilation will be a valuable resource for researchers and policy-makers working in the areas of International Environmental Law and International Development Law.
Table of Contents
Contents: The Sardar Sarovar dam project: an overview; Early documents and decisions; Clearances and institutional aspects; Drinking water and benefits to drought prone areas; Documents pertaining to the 1994 writ petition of the Narmada Bachao Andolan; Resettlement; Project assessments; Financial aspects; International documents; Additional resources; Maps; Index.
Dr Philippe Cullet is Senior Lecturer in Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK. He is also Programme Director of the International Environmental Law Research Centre, Geneva. He has published widely on aspects of International Environmental Law.
'The Sardar Sarovar Project is one of India's most important stories, with a relevance beyond the country's borders, but alas, memories are short and the relevant material becomes quickly unavailable. That is why this book is extremely important. Here, Philippe Cullet has brought together all the major documents relating to this fascinating and often disturbing story. This is a very valuable achievement, and I am sure that this is going to be a basic reference book for many years to come.' Ramaswamy R. Iyer, New Delhi, India 'Lethal forms of developmentalism which cause as well as silence the voices of human suffering need careful archival as a resource for the renewal of human rights futures. This painstaking documentation speaks to us about the production of human rightlessness in the name of development and in so doing contributes to solidarity struggles against it. It should remain a compulsory reading both for the votaries and critics of development paradigms.' Upendra Baxi, University of Warwick, UK '...the volume is a necessary read for those who are interested in development displacement and students concerned with legal and policy framework of large development projects.' Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics