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SC puts off Narmada hearing to May 1

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | April 17, 2006 12:26 IST
Last Updated: April 17, 2006 19:37 IST

The Supreme Court on Monday postponed the hearing on the plea of Narmada Bachao Andolan with regard to the rehabilitation of families displaced by the Sardar Sarovar dam on Narmada river, to May 1, 2006.

Athree-judge bench comprising Chief Justice of India Y K Sabharwal, Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice S B Sinha has given one week notice to the four concerned states - Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh - to file their rejoinders.

The court observed that if the rehabilitation work was not done properly, it will have no other alternative but to stop the construction of the dam.

Former law minister Shantibhushan appeared for the NBAwhile Harish Salve appeared on behalf of the state of Madhya Pradesh.

Major work of rehabilitation comprising the relocation of more than 35,000 displaced families has to be undertaken by the Madhya Pradesh government.

Earlier in the day, in an inconclusive hearing, the apex court had categorically said that if there was any lacuna in the rehabilitation of the Narmada oustees, the government should appoint a committee to remove those and oversee proper rehabilitation of the affected public.

The governmenton its partoffered Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singhto appoint this committee. The court was favourably inclined to accept this suggestion.

The Centre toldthe courtthat it was committed to construction of the Sardar Sarovar dam on the river Narmada and favoured constituting a committee to evolve a suitable mechanism to rehabilitate the people displaced by the project.

The Centre informedthe bench that the oustees would be completely rehabilitated before August, 2006, the period of onset of monsoon.

NotedSupreme Courtadvocate Gopal Subramaniam argued the case for the Government of India. TheNBA wants acomplete ban on raising the height of the dam.

In its affidavit, the Centre has revealed that the height of the Sardar Sarovar dam could be as high as 136.68 meter, 15.05 meter more than the 212.92 permitted by the apex court.

The number of families displaced from 597 villages in the three states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh would be 96,354, which is almost twice as high as the number of families displaced when the height of the dam was 121.92 meters.

While Gujarat has completed the work of rehabilitation, the states of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh have to rehabilitate 192 and 18,017 families respectively.

The figures presented before the court are based on the progress reports of the state governments. Claims of the other state governments, including Gujarat and Rajasthan, are yet to be verified.

(With PTI Inputs)

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It is sad that state governments are not putting in full efforts for speedy and visible rehablitation of affected people. It is more sad that ...

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The work on Narmada dam should not be stopped at all. People of Kutch and Saurashtra face have acute shortage of water. Even state like ...

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