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Imagine your neighborhood being so bustling and packed that you just might have to go without electricity long-term – there’s simply not enough juice to go around. This problem is a regular reality in India, where last year the country was short by a whopping 73,000 gigawatt hours. Now 150 dams are coming to the rescue but at a huge green cost that will lead to “damnation,” some say.
Although the United States is one of the world’s largest users of electricity – along with China and Russia – India is fourth in line. The situation in India is expected to worsen, with the Ministry of Power in India anticipating an increase of 56 percent in yearly electricity demand to 1.4 million gigawatts by the end of March 2017, in just five years.
As a result, almost 150 dams are planned for the India state of Arunachal Pradesh to fill the electricity gap using 10 strong rivers and smaller tributaries in the area. Many of these dams feature a capacity of more than 1,000 megawatts, and the total amount of energy produced will reach about 40,000 megawatts.
The problem is that these dams will lead to “damnation,” in every sense of the word. These dams are likely to eradicate thousands of acres of forests, get rid of some of the best whitewater on the planet and hurt dozens of indigenous tribal peoples. In fact, opponents of the dam project argue that it will flood out forests and thus various species of plants, birds and animals such as the red panda – which already is in trouble, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Proponents, however, say the dam project will produce power that will lead to economic growth in areas that currently have no roads, industries, schools and hospitals. The same thing actually happened in Tennessee in the 1930s to buttress a poor area, although 15,000 families ended up being displaced. In India, 300 million individuals in villages do not have access to electricity even today, so electricity truly is a need here.
The question is: Do the energy benefits of India’s future dams for hundreds of millions of people outweigh the costs to the countless of nature’s species who will be affected by the projects? Let us know what you think!
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