Alternatives to the Narmada Valley Project

The Narmada Valley Development Project has been envisaged to seemingly address a wide array of needs like provision of electricity, irrigation, provision of drinking water. However, over the years, it has become very clear that this developmental approach is unjust, and further, also unviable in the long run. There is a dire need to look at alternatives. The burden of exploring alternatives rightly lies with the proponents of the project. However, as with so many other aspects of this project, the onus of proposing alternatives has been put on the shoulders of the Narmada Bachao Andolan, while they are fighting for survival, fighting against unjust displacement. This is a patently unjust demand. Injustice has to be opposed and stopped on its own, with or without alternatives.

Rightly so, the fight of the Narmada Bachao Andolan against the Sardar Sarovar Project for the last 15 years has been the immediate and more visible goal of the struggle. But, the struggle from its very outset has been rooted in a vision for a society based on equity, self-reliance and simple living. Thus, Sangharsh aur Navnirman (Struggle and Reconstruction) have been two essential components of the Andolan from the very beginning.

On this page, we will attempt to document various alternative proposals to address the different problems: electricity, irrigation, and drinking water. Some of these proposals have been initiated by the NBA, some others have been put forward by friends of the NBA, and there are others that have been proposed, and have been successfully adopted by other groups and organizations across the country. Some of these proposals like water harvesting have been successfully practiced in Rajasthan and even in Gujarat.

Please join us in this quest in researching and documenting alternatives. As friends and supporters of the struggle, we have to start building a case to show that the dominant development path being practised today (the SSP being the prime icon of that path) need not be the path of the future.

Proposals and documents outlining alternatives

Articles and press releases about alternatives