[Marxism] Re: Venezuela's Caruachi hydro plant inaugurated 2160 MW plant!
Marla Vijaya kumar
marlavk at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 5 09:49:31 MDT 2006
Hydro power is not absolutely "green". Ofcourse, thre is no burning of fossil fuels but we are submerging forests, building huge artificial water bodies, which can lead to local earthquakes, destroy bio-diversity by submerging virgin forests, displace millions of poor peasents who cultivate dry uplands and it is usually the rich peasents in the rich low lying irrigated lands who get the benifits. In the Western Indian State of Maharashtra, 90% of the irrigated water in the state is consumed by rich peasents in just 10% of the land to produce cash crops such as sugarcane.
There are millions of poor tribals in India who have been driven from their homes by large Hydro-electric dams in the last 50 years and till now only a few of them have been rehabilitated. A majority of them end up in the dirty slums of cities like Mumbai and Delhi.
Ms Medha patkar, who is waging a fight against the Narmada river project in India is on indefinite fast for the last 7 days in Delhi. She is demanding that the displaced people should be rehabilitated.
Vijaya Kumar Marla
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