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Supa dam displaced lease land to paper mill

Twenty-six years ago, people displaced by the Supa dam in Dandeli around 500 km from Bangalore were resettled in Karnataka's Uttara Kannada district. The better irrigation facilities promised to them after they were relocated in the district's Ramnagar panchayat have not materialised. They still face an uncertain future. The people are not allowed to use water from the dam to irrigate their land and no alternative facilities have been provided. In desperation, they have given their land to a paper mill for monoculture plantations of invasive and exotic species. Environmentalists say ...