Tehri Dam: a project for genocide
Screening of a Film on February 6, 2002

Dear Friends

You are invited for the screening of a documentary film on the ill effects
of the ongoing construction of a hydroelectric dam at the Tehri Garhwal.
The 26 minutes film that has been produced by Surajit Sarkar and
Yousuf Saeed, talks to the distressed people of the Tehri town, which is
on the brink of submersion by the rising waters of the dam any day.

In the tiny north Indian hill state of Uttarakhand, a promise to deliver a
2400 MW power plant, 300 cusecs of water every day for the city of Delhi,
and hundreds of thousands of cusecs of water for irrigation...

The State has a lot to be grateful for to the people of Tehri Garhwal.
Complete the project dam the costs. As there land is appropriated,
devastated and submerged, as they watch the assurances from the State
dissolve in the swirling waters, people fight back.
Protest is met with the baton and the gun. They are paying the price for
our development.

Promises and assurances are swiftly swept aside. Ignore the policies for
resettlement, ignore the environmental conditions, and ignore the pointers
to seismicity and economic devastation. Politicians, contractors and
corruption keep the project moving long.

The Tehri Dam is indeed a project for genocide. If it holds, it will uproot
more than 100,000 hill people. If it breaks, it will destroy millions of
people in the plain.

The screening of the film shall be followed by a discussion with some people
of the Tehri Garhwal area who have been, or are going to be displaced by the

Date: February 6th, 2002 (Wednesday),
Time: - 2:15 PM
Vanue: - Gandhi Peace Foundation Auditorium, 221-223
Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, New Delhi.

In solidarity
Kamlesh Semwal
A movement of people uprooted from their soil in Uttrakhand

D- 105 Ganesh Nagar Pandav Nagar Complex
Delhi 110092
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