ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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For Better Choices

Public Projects


 In a global environment which is increasingly becoming polarised between those who want development and profits at any cost and those who want primarily a clean world and sustainable development, there are few norms for making the choices that are constantly being posed: between dams and equitable water use, between quick and large yields of food crops and depletion of soils, between rapid mass transportation and air pollution, between banning the cutting of trees and need to expand agricultural lands, etc. Making things worse is the fact that the decisions are not universally applicable through time and space; at each point and in each region these options constantly crop up over and over again assuming different dimensions. And what makes for the need to decide on the same set of options over again in different contexts are social factors. In other words, each of these options takes on different hues, even while the scientific and other facts remain unchanged

The only way to ensure that the most appropriate options are selected is to open the choices to public scrutiny. This is the rationale for a public enquiry before embarking on a major public project

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