Dams in tribal belt of Western Ghats for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region: Unjustified Projects – Better options exist

Draft report: Multiple Dams in tribal belt of Western Ghats for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region: Unjustified projects, when better options exist. About 12 dams are planned or are under construction to satisfy the increasing thirst of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). All of these dams fall in eco-sensitive region of the Western Ghats. They will together submerge more than 22,000 hectares of land, including nearly 7000 hectares of forests, lakhs of trees and more than 750 hectares of Tansa Sanctuary. They will affect a minimum of 100,000 tribals who depend on the forests and their ancestral lands for livelihoods. These dams include Kalu, Shai, Balganga, Susari, Khargihill, Bhugad, Pinjal, Gargai, Middle Vaitarna, Barvi and Poshir, among others. These are in addition to the dams already constructed for MMR water supply. Original Source: http://sandrp.in/Mumbai_Dams_Draft_Report_Dec_2013.pdf