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September 18th, 2003
The Damned

The Sardar Sarovar Dam

Narmada Valley Development Authority
This official Web site for the organization charged with overseeing the Narmada River’s 30 mega-dams offers information on the master plan for dam development and efforts to protect the environment and local populations, plus a map of the Narmada Valley Basin.

Friends of River Narmada
Run by supporters of the Save the Narmada movement (Narmada Bachao Andolan), the Friends of River Narmada site contains a broad range of information on the history of the dispute over Sardar Sarovar dam, plus the text of “The Greater Common Good” by Arundhati Roy.

Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam, Ltd.
This site for the state-run corporation charged with building the Sardar Sarovar dam provides status reports, FAQs, and a photo gallery among other features.

The World Commission on Dams
The World Commission on Dams was an umbrella group that brought together representatives from the private, public, and non-profit sectors to discuss the impact of large dams on the developing world. At this site, an archive for the Commission, you can find the text of the WCD’s 2000 report on the state of the world’s dams.

Confused about how dams actually work? Wonder where some of the world’s largest dams are? And why they’re still standing? This user-friendly site, the companion to the PBS series on mega-structures, can help.

Government of India: Ministry of Water Resources
Get the full picture of India’s water conditions — from river basin maps to profiles of dam projects — at this detailed government site.

World Water Forum
The companion to the March 2003 international conference in Japan, this site contains reports on a broad range of global water issues.

Dams & Development Project
Run by the United Nations Environment Programme, the Dams & Development Project was formed to stimulate dialogue about dam projects worldwide.

International Rivers Network
This environmental organization offers an extensive collection of online information on issues affecting rivers around the globe.

BBC: Water Walks
Learn more about attempts to secure adequate water in Calcutta, India, Nairobi, Kenya, El Paso, Texas, and Ethiopia.

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