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Cost of Development Projects-Women among the Willing Evacuees

Cost of Development Projects-Women among the Willing Evacuees

Cost of Development Projects Women among the 'Willing Evacuees' Amiya Rao LAJWANTI sits dreaming while making her roti on the smoking chulha in her miserable jhuggi by the city's putrid drain. Back after the day's hard toil in the quarries of Suraj- kund, the stone-dust hurting her eyes, sticking inside her parched throat, clinging to her hair and her unwashed body Lajwanti is dreaming of the cool Ganga flowing by her village, the long swims, the big splashes in its clean water which one could drink to one's fill; here there was no water to drink, not even to wash, a small bucket of water costs Rs 5. But now there was no village for her to go back to. The village had to go for the development of the country and with it went the green fields, the golden corn, the deep forest on its border and her little mud hut whose walls she had decorated with home-made dye and whose floors she used to polish with oil from forest-nuts.

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