Biggest Indo-Nepal dam project hits hard waters. The Pancheshwar Multipurpose Development Project costing over Rs 40,000 crore is the biggest joint project of the Mahakali Treaty.
It was signed between India and Nepal in 1996.
However, the proposed dam will submerge 134 villages in Pithoragarh and Champawat districts that border Nepal and Almora.
Around 30,000 families from three Uttarakhand districts will be the worst hit. Of the 134 villages, 123 will be rehabilitated.
Villagers, fearing displacement, have started protesting and have burnt copies of the Detailed Project Report (DRP) that was recently made public.
Padam Singh, the gram pradhan of Draulisera village, said, ” This DPR is based on a survey that was conducted 30 years back. Land rates were very less then.”
However, both India and Nepal consider the project a boon.
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