There's been plenty of discussion of late, here and elsewhere, about dams on the Narmada and dealing fairly with people displaced by them. Whether the R&R policy is good, how it should be implemented, how it is implemented, etc.
But I often think of what seems to me a very simple solution to R&R with dams, and wonder why nobody seems to have attempted it. Why not resettle displaced people in the command area of the dam, meaning they get the benefits of the dam that drove them from their homes? In fact, why not make the the first beneficiaries of water and whatever else the dams deliver? Why not tell those who live in the command area, you want all these goodies from the dam? Well, here's the price: you've got to find a way to accept these people whom the dam has displaced.
Seems like a perfectly plausible answer. After all, we're asking these displaced people to "sacrifice" for the "good of the country." Why not treat them as we treat others whom we think are making such sacrifices? I mean, of course, our armed forces. We treat them extraordinarily well: they get housing, quality education and more. Why not these other sacrificers?
Has any dam project anywhere approached R&R this way? Why or why not?