Ahmedabad: The Narmada Dam authorities allow the height of the Sardar Sarovar Dam to be raised by 17 metres. According to the Narmada Bachao Andolan, there are about 2,50,000 people residing in the submergence area.
They have their homes, markets, agriculture and horticulture, trees and places of worship, all of which that cannot be just submerged by raising the dam height and closing the gates without their proper rehabilitation as it will violate Supreme Court rulings, the NBA contended. It demanded that if the SSP reservoir water level rises by 17 metres, who will be responsible for the contempt of court and the illegal submergence.
Aam Aadmi Party leader, who has been a part of the Narmada Bachao Andolan has called this move unjust. "It is undemocratic and it is injustice to the people living in the submergence area and illegal," she said.
"The ministry concerned should come together and assess the ground situation first. "The question is whether Modi will act like the chief minister of Gujarat or Prime Minister of India - will he take steps to ensure no condition is flouted and no family that has not obtained rehabilitation benefits gets affected," she added.
The NBA has demanded that till the issue of rehabilitation and compensation as per law is not implemented, the authorities should halt any process to raise the dam height and review the cost benefits of the SSP project that is taking a toll of nature, life and livelihood.