New Film Shows Struggle Of Families Displaced By Baglihar Dam In Doda

The mosque is one of the few structures in Pul Doda whose top portion can still be seen after water covered the town [image by: Raqib Naik]

Srinagar: The Baglihar dam in Jammu and Kashmir bears testimony to the enormous human costs associated with hydroelectricity projects, a new film reveals.

“The human costs of the Baglihar dam” filmed and directed by Journalist Raqib Hameed Naik, was featured in the UK based environmental news organization, The Third Pole.

The film extensively talks about how Baghlihar Dam in Chenab Valley destroyed homes and livelihood of many families.

The film shows how, a decade after being displaced by the Baglihar Dam, locals are caught in a web of poverty & debt with some experiencing mental health issues as a result of losing everything.

“Dams are wreaking a disaster on the lives of locals in Jammu and Kashmir,” Raqib said.

“The human aspect of dams is always missing from the public discourse in this region. This film was made with the objective to highlight those issues,” he added.

Situated at least 65 kilometres downstream of Pul Doda on the river Chenab, the 900 MW Baglihar dam forced more than 1,400 people to relocate after the water levels rose and submerged everything in its way including roads, houses, and shops.




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