Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly Ajay Singh on Sunday sought intervention of the chief minister to resolve the issues concerning 40,000 families affected by Indira Sagar project. In a statement, Singh said that issues concerning grant, compensation and situation arising out of filling up of dam reservoir are serious issues and ‘falsehood’ of affidavit filed by the state government before the court to get permission for increase in dam height has been exposed.
He said that affected persons from Harda, Omkareshwar and Khandwa were agitating and the government’s attitude towards their plight has been insensitive. After the state government failed to act on their demands, state human rights commission has taken note of the agitation, he said.
Singh said that state government was guilty of contempt of court because of the misleading affidavit presented before it and chief minister could only be expected to intervene in the matter at this late hour and ensure justice for the dam-displaced families.
In a separate statement, CPI (M) also asked the state government to resolve the issues being raised by persons holding ‘jal stayagrah’ at Omkareshwar. Party’s state secretary, Badal Saroj said that SC had categorically said that height of the dam could only be raised after the task of rehabilitation was completed but the state government seemed to be hell bent to submerge affected areas without rehabilitating the families living in those areas.