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Narmada dam work won't stop: SC

Jul 10, 2006 04:49 PM IST India India

New Delhi: The Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) suffered a major setback with the Centre and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh accepting the Shunglu Committee recommendations.

The PM has told the Supreme Court (SC) that construction work at the dam site will go on .

The Shunglu Committee gave a clean chit to the Madhya Pradesh government on relief and resettlement matters of the villagers displaced in the Sardar Sarovar Project.

The committee report says:

  • There is no deviation in the number of project-affected families as claimed by the Madhya Pradesh government and that found by the committee.

  • The committeee upholds the money package given to the displaced families in return for land.

  • Resettlement sites present a mixed picture, with some sites having good infrastructure and some poor, but they can be improved.

  • NBA counsel Sanjay Parikh says that they are not happy with the report.

    Meanwhile, the PM has put his stamp of approval on the Shunglu report. He told the SC that the Government was not in favour of stopping the dam work as its construction was in larger public interest.

    Says Minister water resources, Saifuddin Soz, "We shall strengthen the Narmada Control Authority and any support that the MP government needs - logistics etc - will be provided. We shall also attend to the gaps in the rehabilitation."

    The only solace for NBA activists is that there will be no constructions at the dam site during the monsoons, and they have also been given an oppurtunity by the court to rebut the Shunglu report.