THE history of the Sardar Sarovar dam on the river Narmada is the history of successive governments finding surreptitious ways to drown reasonable debate in the face of incontrovertible facts. Today, evidence in the audit reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) points to the economic insolvency that plagues the project. These reports highlight irregular disbursal of funds, indiscriminate market borrowings leading to unsustainable interest burden, undue favours being extended to contractors and so on. They have met with little public debate, no response from government departments and ministries, and scarce attention from Members of Parliament or the Public Accounts Committee.
Monday, May 29, 2006
A report in Frontline on the status of the Sardar Sarovar project over the years: Dubious record.