Analysis of Benefit Sharing Schemes by Hydropower Projects in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh

Overview and Objectives

The project is a research study funded by ICIMOD which aims to identify and assess benefit-sharing processes that have evolved around hydelpower projects in Sikkim and Arunachal. In the light of widespread contestations around dams the concept of Benefit Sharing is seen as a way of negotiating solutions, whereby even the affected population may gain access to the benefits from the project. The project period extending from November 2017 to October 2018 will involve a collaborative study with ICIMOD in Nepal and PSI in Himachal Pradesh on a comparable framework of study for the different regions. Since state policies have a major role to play in the hydelpower sector in India, the study aims to analyse the patterns emerge from the study of a total of 13 projects in the two states – Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh – functioning under different policy regimes.

Project Details

Project Team

Shreya Chakraborty
Research Fellow


Bibeshna Pradhan
Research Associate


Rashmi Shrestha


Aditya Bastola
Ex-Senior Fellow


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