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50 teams to visit SSP sites

FIFTY TEAMS under the new commission appointed by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh for the verification of Sardar Sarovar Project rehabilitation sites will arrive in Indore on May 21.

india Updated: May 18, 2006 14:43 IST

FIFTY TEAMS under the new commission appointed by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh for the verification of Sardar Sarovar Project rehabilitation sites will arrive in Indore on May 21.

From here they will disburse to 177 affected sites and rehabilitation centres. The teams will stay there for about 20 days, and after the verification, will submit the report to Government of India.

Each team would have three members. Of the three, two members will be from National Sample Survey Organisation, a Government of Indian undertaking, and one member will be from State Government who would guide them to rehabilitation sites.

NVDA will make arrangements for their lodging and other facilities in 177 villages of Dhar, Jhabua, Barwani and Khargone districts that have been affected by SSP. The seven affected tehsils of four districts in Indore division include Alirajpur (22 villages), Kukshi (37), Barwani (40), Thikri (27), Manawar (22), Dharampuri (19) and Kasarawad (10 villages).

The senior representatives of new commission will meet State Government officials in Bhopal on May 19. According to Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) Commissioner Vinod Kumar, only seven rehabilitation sites are incomplete. He said they would be completed by June 30.


Prez urged to stop dam construction
TRIBALS FROM the Narmada Valley on Wednesday knocked the doors of the Rashtrapathi Bhawan seeking steps to save their villages from submergence once the height of Sardar Sarovar dam was raised.

A delegation of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA), led by Medha Patkar, met President A P J Abdul Kalam and urged him to impress upon the Government to suspend all construction activities in the valley till total rehabilitation of dam oustees was completed. They also requested the President to ask the Oversight Committee, which oversees the rehabilitation process in Madhya Pradesh, to extend its purview to other affected states of Maharashtra and Gujarat.

“We have told him that this is our last memorandum on the issue and the last time that we are meeting him. We urged him to intervene to stall the unconstitutional construction in the name of development,” Patkar told reporters here.

The NBA has intensified its agitation for rehabilitation of villagers in the valley after the Narmada Review Committee in March decided to raise the height of the dam to 121.92 metres from 110 metres. She said villages in the valley would submerge before the Oversight Committee submitted its findings. Earlier in the day, Patkar and tribal representatives met members of the Oversight Committee and asked them to include the rehabilitation process of Maharashtra and Gujarat in its purview.