Opposition to the construction of large dams is due to

(a) social reasons

(b) economic reasons

(c) enviromental reasons

(d) all the above

Answers (1)

(d)

Opposition to the construction of large dams by local people is due to social, economic and environmental problems.

The consequences of raising the height of dams are as follows:

  • Environmental: Terrestrial flora and fauna of area is destroyed completely.  It leads to deforestation and loss of biological diversity.
  • Social: It leads to dislocation of people and domestic animals living in an area which causes various social problems. Significant farming area might be forever lost.
  • Economic: The people are not even given adequate compensation for their losses. This obviously leads to economic problems such as temporary unemployment for people.

Hence option (d) is correct.

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