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River-Basin Planning in the Damodar Valley of India

Suranjit Kumar Saha
Geographical Review
Vol. 69, No. 3 (Jul., 1979), pp. 273-287
DOI: 10.2307/214885
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/214885
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

The Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) was established in 1948 by the Indian government to undertake "the unified development of the Damodar River." The activities authorized for the DVC were power generation, irrigation, and flood control as well as a number of other items referred to as "other activities." Construction of seven multipurpose dams for storage of floodwater in the upper reaches of the Damodar River system was planned, but only four dams were built. The DVC program has fulfilled most of the physical targets that were set at its inception. Because of a narrow engineering approach and an inadequate appreciation of the integrated nature of the regional problem, spatially balanced and comprehensive socioeconomic development in the valley region has not been realized.

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