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The Narmada Canal: Fragile like a Papad?  

August 29, 2004

Ravinder Singh’s take on the Narmada Canal has not made it to the media which has lost interest in the issue. Read on for what is happening at Sardar Sarovar, which refuses to even meet its rehabilitation commitments.

 

Start by checking out the following link:  

 

http://www.undp.org.in/dmweb/fld2003/2004/SITUATION%20REPORTgujarat11.8.2004.pdf

 

In the above link you shall discover that even as Sardar Sarovar Dam over flowed for the first time around 11th August, at the same time the “The Lifeline Of Gujrat lay breached and unserviceable”. Enlarge the picture on page 2 to view power of water to destroy India’s most ambitious but worthless project in matter of minutes.

 

This file aims to show the fragility of our canals, which crack or break up like “Papad”. Like thin fragile papad, Narmada Mainline is about 300 ft wide but its thickness is only one feet of concrete without any reinforcements. Papad is also 300 mm in dia. and 1-2 mm thick. So both are very fragile and break up easily.

 

Even a minor rivers or stream can breach the mightiest canal!!!

 

Also it is an indication that canals are not waterproof because of cracks & joints and canal losses are substantial. Scores of main canals and thousands of branches are breached every year when irrigation water is most needed to raise paddy crops and available directly without dams.

 

Long distance transfer of water as proposed by certain thugs will result in near total loss of water on way which shall, as in the case of SSP project and its canal shall breach and remain unserviceable during the intended transfer of flood waters to drought zones.

 

IT IS MORE THAN TWO WEEKS BUT NO NEWS CHANNEL OR NATIONAL NEWSPAPER HAS COVERED THIS VITAL NEWS.

 

WHEN BIGGEST CANAL OF BIGGEST PROJECT FAILS & IS RENDERED USELESS BY A BREACH, OUR STATE & NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS ARE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THIS BIGGEST FAILURE.

 

The chairman of the “Inter linking of Rivers”, was the main architect of the Sardar Sarovar Project.

 

http://www.undp.org.in/VRSE/SitRep/

(These are Ravinder Singh's personal views)


-- Sucheta Dalal



 



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