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Reviving Hydropower Projects

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With the Conference of the Parties (COP26) almost concluded and many more focusing on the role of renewable energy sources like solar, wind and new technologies like electronic vehicles, I want to draw some focus to the most sustainable source of energy, that is, hydropower.

Water is the primary source of life and civilisation started developing around rivers, and even till date, many indigenous tribes dwell around rivers. After independence, it was believed at the time that the construction of massive dams would address many of India’s issues, and the country’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, proudly declared the dams as the “temples of contemporary India.” He believed that they would not only generate energy and provide water for irrigation for farmers, households and enterprises but also create a livelihood for many families directly and indirectly. Though the main goal of constructing multifunctional river projects in India was to combine agricultural and village economic development with rapid industrialisation and urbanisation, they stand as an epitome for flourishment and sustained economy.

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