Water and efforts going down the drain by Ashok Nath Ex Goa Secretary
On the other side the argument goes on like this. Dams are of two types: storage and run of the river types. Storage or reservoir types have multi purpose benefits, flood control, irrigation and generation of electricity. Run of the river types are less expensive, cause hardly any damage but can produce only electricity. There cannot be two opinions that flooding by rivers cause immense damage to life and property, which can run into thousands of crores. The vast quantity of water stored can be gradually released in drier seasons. Our agriculture is already handicapped by woefully inadequate irrigation facilities. So increased availability of water for irrigation can lead to higher crop productivity, more food, more prosperity for farmers and adding a notch to our GDP. Likewise augmentation of power generation will give a boost to our overall economic development. Hence, the benefits are immense.