The Great Denouement and After

Rohan D’Souza

in Drowned and Dammed

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780195682175
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199082094 | DOI:
The Great Denouement and After

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This chapter presents an assessment of the report of the Flood Committee of 1928. This report gives an unprecedented and comprehensive critique of the various ecological and social costs that had resulted from over a century of flood-control initiatives. The administration appointed a committee of experts for a new direction on the subject. The canal system after several decades of providing ‘protection’ and irrigation had always motivated the inhabitants in the delta into seemingly irremediable conflict. The canal system and the embankments had produced a slew of vested interests who sought protection by having the flood risk being disproportionately directed against villages in the non-embankment and non-canal tracts. Following the devastating floods of 1937, Biswanath Das, after consulting with Gandhi, appointed a committee under Vivesvarya to resolve the problem. The committee recommended the establishment of the controverial Hirakud Dam.

Keywords: flood-control; Flood Committee of 1928; canal system; Orissa Delta; embankments; irrigation; Hirakud Dam; Vivesvarya; Biswanath Das; Gandhi

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