Technology and Social Transformation: The Case of the Hirakud Multi-Purpose Dam Project in Orissa

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  • Author :Balgovind Baboo
  • Year of Publication :1992
  • ISBN: :9788170224273
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 168
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Science and Technology, Sociology

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About the Book :

Large dams are useful for irrigatoin, flood control, generation of electricity and are symbols of 'development' They have also several disadvantages and have become very controversial, of late. While the planners and politicans are concerned about the techno-ecnomic feasibility and potential gains, the social cost is least attended to. The study pertains to the reconstuction of life by the oustees of the Hirakud dam who underwent traumatic changes in the 50s. It traces the genesis ot the dam, the processes involved in its construction, displacement and physical rehabilitaion of population and the trials and tribulatoins and survival strategies of population who settled in different types of localities. Since the Hirakud dam is 35 years old and most of its benefits are already visible, the lessond drawn from it might be useful in the planning and construction of major itrigation projects in India. To that extent the study would be useful to planners and policy-makers, voluntary organisations, social scientists and the people at large who are likely to be affected in future due to construction of dams.

About Author :

Balgovind Baboo (b. 1955) graduated from Sambalpur University with Geography Hons. and Statistics. He did his M.A., M. Phil and Ph.D in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He taught Sociology at M.D. University, Rohtak from 1981 to 1990. During 1986-88 he was at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems JNU for his post-Doctoral Project. His basic areas of interest are : Sociology of Economic Life, Urban Informal Sector, and Development, Displacement and Rehabilitation. Besides several articles in Professional journals, he is the author of the book Economic Exchanges in Rural India: A Comparative Spatio-cultural Study in Orissa, Since October, 1990, he is Associate Prof./Dy. Director at Academic Staff College, JNU.