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Maheshwar project will affect 40,000 villagers: NBA

NEW DELHI: The Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) group on Sunday said the proposed Maheshwar hydro-electric project would affect the lives of nearly 40,000 people in 61 villages of Madhya Pradesh.

Referring to a recent agreement between Ogden Energy Group, a US power utility and S Kumars of India, according to which Ogden Group will invest 49 per cent of equity into the privatised Maheshwar hydro-electric project, the NBA said it had completely exposed US president Bill Clinton's environmental and human rights doublespeak.

In a statement here, it said this project, with no irrigation component, has a proposed installed capacity of 400 mw. But the actual average firm power of the project would be only 65 mw.

Moreover, the dam would generate power for only one hour or 90 minutes a day for eight months of the year and this power would be one of the most expensive in the country.

On the other hand, land and homes of nearly 40,000 people living in that area would be partially or fully submerged by the dam, the statement said. (PTI)



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