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Selaulim Dam Goa, India


The Salaulim Dam (also spelled Selaulim, Saluli) located on the Salaulim River, a tributary of the Zuari River in Goa, India, is an integral component of the Salaulim Irrigation Project which envisages benefits of irrigation and drinking water supply. Selaulim reservoir is the the source of potable water for about 55 per cent of the Goas population.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Selaulim Dam Goa, India
State or province:Goa
Location of conflict:Selaulim Dam
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Water Management
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Dams and water distribution conflicts
Mineral processing
Mineral ore exploration
Tailings from mines
Specific commodities:Iron ore
Project Details and Actors
Project details

The dam is situated about 100 km south of Panaji, the Capital of Goa. There are about 19 mining leases operating within a few kilometers of its periphery.

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Project area:83
Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:2012
Company names or state enterprises:Sesa Goa Limited from India
Soc Timblo Irmaos Limited from India
Chowgule and Co. Ltd from India
V M Salgaoncar & Bros Pvt from India - some of the mines involved include Curpem Iron ore, Sem Denominacao Expecial mine, Oikrio Dirodgal Curdi iron mine, Polo Dongor Iron ore Mine, Polo Dongor iron ore mine, Gulcon Dogor Iron ore mine
Relevant government actors:Government of Goa, Water Resources Minister, Goa
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Study conducted by The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) in 1994 showed excess iron and manganese levels in the Salaulim reservoir water., Environmentalist Ramesh Gawas, Goyencha Xetkarancho Ekvott (GXE)
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups mobilizing:Local government/political parties
Social movements
Local scientists/professionals
Fisher people
Forms of mobilization:Community-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Development of a network/collective action
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Objections to the EIA
Street protest/marches
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Soil erosion, Waste overflow, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Potential: Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Displacement
Potential: Loss of livelihood, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusStopped
Conflict outcome / response:New legislation
Project cancelled
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Yes
Briefly explain:The Goa Government has taken initiative to shut down the mines pouring manganese and iron ore in the Selaulim reservoir,
Sources & Materials
Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Goa’s Selaulim Dam reservoir may be open for water sports
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(3) The Times of India, 'Pirna, Nanoda villagers united against mining'
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Goa to close mines polluting Selaulim dam
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The Economic Times 'Goa Government to shut down mines polluting Selaulim dam'
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People complain of health problems in Sanguem
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Plaint filed against six mining firms for polluting Selaulim dam

(2) '19 mines within 500 metres of Goas Selaulim reservoir: Kamat'
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Goa to shut down mines polluting Selaulim dam
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First Post 'Goa govt to shut down mines polluting Selaulim reservoir'
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(1) Down to Earth 'Mining in Goa: damage to the environment greater than loss of revenue'
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Selaulim Dam, Goa
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Contributor:Swapan Kumar Patra
Last update28/12/2015
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