Meera Pal’s house in Udvaya can be seen in the picture. Shivpuri is an area dominated by scheduled tribes (ST), mainly Sahariya. Almost 73 per cent of children admitted in the nutrition rehabilitation centre of the town belong to STs. With a catchment area of 5,540 sq km, the dam has uprooted 13 villages of Sahariya tribe, and adversely affected many more. Providing drinking water to Shivpuri town was one of the main objectives behind building of this dam.
Photograph by Jyotsna Singh
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