ECONOMICS OF RIVER FLOWS LESSONS FROM DAM REMOVALS IN AMERICA [ISBN: 978 -81-7835-816-1]
Book Author: Dr. Bharat Jhunjhunwala
[ Publisher :Kalaz Publications, C-30 Satyavatinagar, Delhi,110052. Price Rs. 750/00]
Energy requirements are the loudest cry of the day at global level and developing countries like India are more starving for any such energy venture which appears relatively lesser eco-environmental polluter. In view of ample availability of few large rivers in India the planners of Govt. of India advocated to go for Hydro-power projects, almost immediately following the beginning of our five year plan systems of development and assessment of growth and illusive prosperity, right at the dawn of Nehru era in the socio-political and industrialization history of this country. A number of massive cement concrete structures were erected midway of river flows. We still remember that at the beginning of the World famous Bhakra Nanagl Dam Pt. Nehru very emotionally said that such creations are the Temples of Modern India. We all believed in it and pursued to follow the, Mahajano yen gatah sa Pantha, dictum and spread net works of mini, midi to large Dams, where ever possible. No doubt these structures fed us with our ever rising hunger of power, energy and irrigation, besides potable water to little extent. The famous green revolution of our country has been a contribution of many such Hydro-power dams .
Keywords: River, energy, eco-environmental polluter, Hydro-power projects, irrigation