- Once the dam is 110 m high, irrigation and power benefits would flow. And that could expose the hollowness of the NBA's claims.
- Arundhati asserts traditional crops are being replaced by water guzzlers like cane. But the planned irrigation delta won't permit its farming and the existing factories are outside the SSP command
- The NBA: Conjuring up two problems for every solution Why's the NBA playing an obstructive and not a catalytic role on the Narmada project? Is it because facts may soon contradict their prejudices? Are the poor a constituency some can't afford to lose? Arundhati's idealisation of the tribal lifestyle reeks of glorification of the noble savage. This is what she ordains for them: grubbing for roots, deprived, impoverished, and 'protected ' by the NBA. Does Arundhati know 60% of the water she drinks in Delhi comes from the Bhakra system; even sceptics who thought the Rajasthan canal would never reach the far end of the desert have been...