The big picture

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168 dams. 34,920 mw. That is the hydroelectric power potential in the northeast, as per the Union ministry of power. s lp is just one of them, but shows how subterfuge, dirty politicking, lobbying and trouble such a project can get mired in, in the northeast.

But the fact also is that hydropower has unique value in this region. With abysmal industrialisation, it must lay great store on dams: it’s the big opportunity to generate revenue. Take the case of ap, a state with barely any industrial capacity. If