Image Database Export Citations


Large Dams and Changes in an Agrarian Society: Gendering the Impacts of Damodar Valley Corporation in Eastern India

Show full item record

Type: Journal Article
Author: Lahiri-Dutt, Kuntala
Journal: Water Alternatives
Volume: 5
Page(s): 529-542
Date: 2012
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7973
Sector: Agriculture
Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): gender
flood management
Abstract: "This paper traces the gendered changes in agrarian livelihoods in the lower Damodar valley of eastern India and connects these changes to the large dam project of the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC). The DVC, established in 1948, was one of the earliest dam projects in India. Although it was not fully completed, the DVC project has initiated unforeseen changes in the farming economy. The floods for which the Damodar river was notorious were not fully controlled, and the suffering of people living in the lower reaches of the valley never really diminished. This paper gives a brief description of the river and its history of water management practices and the roles of women and men in these practices. It traces the resultant impacts on gender roles, and outlines the new kinds of water management that emerged in response to the DVC’s failure to provide irrigation water when demanded. More specifically, the paper explores the changes in floods, changes in the farming economy, and the impacts of temporary sand dams or boro bandhs on the livelihoods of women and men from farming families in the Lower Damodar Valley. It observes that even over a longer temporal scale, the changes unleashed by large water control projects have significant and gendered impacts on agrarian societies."

Files in this item

Files Size Format View
Art5-2-19.pdf 509.9Kb PDF View/Open

This item appears in the following document type(s)

Show full item record