After Narmada dam nod, elated Gujarat CM thanks PM Narendra Modi says, 'achchhe din aa gaye hain'

Jun 12 2014, 19:44 IST
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Gujarat which has been regularly facing water woes due to deficient rains. Gujarat which has been regularly facing water woes due to deficient rains.
SummaryCM Anandiben Patel announced that they have got approval to raise the height of Narmada dam to 138.72 metres (455 feet).

gates, the densely populated villages in Nimad area of Madhya Pradesh with houses, farms, shops, temples, mosques and standing crops will face a watery grave, she said.

Adivasi villages in the hills of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat habitating hundreds of families are also to be further submerged. Altogether, not less than 2.5 lakh people, farmer, fish-workers, potters, shopkeepers will face a deluge and devastation, without rehabilitation, if the height is raised from 122 meters to 139 metres, she said.

"Will NDA government permit such an injustice to be caused in violation of Narmada Water Dispute Tribunal Award as well as Supreme Court judgements? she asked.

"Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel announced that 'verbal permission' will be granted and then the formalities will be completed within a week's time. She claimed that no party state has any objection to raising the height. This is obviously neither true nor transparent," the activist said.

None of the concerned new ministers, Uma Bharti, Prakash Javadekar or Thavarchand Gehlot, have looked into all the reports, detailed data as well as the ground level situation. Their visit to the valley could go a long way, she said.

"How could the government deal with such a grave situation and go ahead just because Narendra Modi is the Prime Minister. May we remind all the ministries that they have to first appraise the social and environmental impacts and judge serious non-compliance themselves," she said.

Meanwhile Uma Bharti said, "Social justice ministry has given its report and they are 100 per cent satisfied and because of the the report of the (social justice) ministry they have done all the kind of things they have to do, the kind of responsibilities they have to commit, they did it and they have given their full satisfactory report in this meeting today and that is why decision has been taken by the secretary of water resources."

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