|Project Status||Under construction|
|Conflict outcome / response:||Compensation|
New Environmental Impact Assessment/Study
|Development of alternatives:||Affected villagers continued to oppose the project demanding higher compensation for displacement and staged road blockade. They will not allow the administration acquire their land without adequate compensation. They also demand the displaced families should be compensated at the present market rate .|
Activists of Lower Suktel Budi Anchal Sangram Parishad, which has been spearheading the movement against the Lower Suktel Project, demanded complete scrapping of the project as it would have adverse impact on their life and livelihood 
Again, on 21th Jan 2014, NAPM released a press note, a call for action, which says:
The construction should be immediately stopped, since it violates the existing norms and procedures and is completely illegal.
Due compensation should be given for the loss of crop and other properties due to forceful construction.
The government should appoint a committee to look into the matter and the project as a whole.'
|Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:||Not Sure|
|Briefly explain:||Odisha Construction Company dug up the spillway area keeping the project work in progress. District Collector had informed that construction work would continue . Some affected families have not been adequately compensated as compared to others. They demand underpaid land losers be equally compensated before the administration goes ahead with the project  The government has decided to start payment of full compensation and rehabilitation as soon as it started work for the mud dam of the irrigation project |
The number of villages to be affected as given by the government seems unrealistic and has not been updated with the changes in plans. The original height of the dam that was cited by the government was at 36 meters which is now slated to be at 56 meters. This essentially means many more villages coming under water. At least 142 villages (86 full & 56 partial) are estimated to be affected due to this dam/irrigation project 
Loisinga block of Balangir, with 48% tribal population, which will be affected by the project is known for its extremely fertile land. The thick forest around the area and through which Suktel river flows is known for rich flora and fauna and is said to be home for wild animals. The fertile land enables people to produce very good quality vegetables such as parwal & brinjal, mahul, mango, jamun, jackfruit etc and crops. People not only in Balangir district but also many other districts in Orissa are benefited by this produce. The area has a massive reserve for Kendu leaf 
There will be a loss of at least Rs.10crores due to the felling of trees which will lead to minimal rains ultimately affecting the eco-system of the area. It is not understood how a dam can be built and effectively used for irrigation on a river which is already not heavy flowing and without rain, it will be a dry river