GARHWAL: As the first phase of a controversial dam in Uttaranchal nears completion, displaced villagers have accused the state authorities of not giving them enough compensation.
The Tehri Dam project, which has entered its 28th year, has displaced about 100,000 people, many of whom say they are still homeless, despite the government s claims of providing them with adequate rehabilitation and compensation.
Residents of most of the areas, which have been partially or completely submerged, have been protesting against a new township, saying it does not have adequate facilities like schools and markets.
A new power grid, which is expected to be operational by the end of this year, would submerge many other villages in Old Tehri, pockets of which are still habitated. [more]