Magazine article New Internationalist

Dammed: Resistance to Indian Project Continues

Magazine article New Internationalist

Dammed: Resistance to Indian Project Continues

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CHILDREN have died and people are suffering because the World Bank is shirking its responsibilities to villagers displaced by the Sardar Sarovar dam project in India.

Three young girls and a four - year - old boy have died from diarrhoea and malnutrition at the resettlement site at Simamli in Gujarat. According to Narmada Bachao Andolan, a local anti - dam group, people resettled at Simamli received no medical attention before the deaths. Living conditions are so appalling that 50 of the 80 families sent to the site have tried to return home.

Home' was the village of Dhankhedi, Maharashtra, the area in which the dam is being constructed. Although the World Bank pulled out of the dam project earlier in the year it supplied India with $200 million in loans for the project and is still responsible for enforcing the conditions of the credit agreements signed in 1985. These require that people resettled must be able to improve their standard of living or at least regain it 'as soon as possible'. …

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