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

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Gujarat : Leaked White Paper on Dam Alternatives

A recently leaked government of Gujarat (GoG) WhitePaper shows that its own advisors have been advocating many of the alternative water management strategies that have been put suggested by the dam's critics. If all these alternatives exist to both substantially increase the supply and reduce the demand for water in Gujarat, why was such a large, expensive and destructive project as the SSP necessary? Why not stop now, given the conclusions of the White Paper, and consider whether Gujarat's water needs can be met using cheaper, less destructive and more immediate alternatives without further increasing the height of the dam?

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