Big dams, Bad economics.

Why build high dams if you're going to waste water and electricity?

On 5 and 6 April 1997, six hundred activists from all over Bihar and various parts of India gathered at the small hamlet of Nirmali, fast by the banks of the Kosi in north Bihar. They had come together to protest a process that had begun 50 years earlier at this very place the selling of fantastic dreams.

On 6 April 1947, politicians and technocrats from Patna and Delhi had assembled at Nirmali to announce a high dam on the Kosi, at a site some miles upstream in the hills of Nepal. The 230-metre engineering wonder would rid Bihar of its woe of flood and provide "regulated" water for year-round irrigation. The Kosi would be converted from a river of sorrow to a watercourse of hope.

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