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NBA threatens to challenge HC order

ALLEGING that ?faulty? survey of the Indira Sagar project has put to risk lives of thousands of dam oustees, Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) on

india Updated: Sep 22, 2006 15:56 IST

ALLEGING that “faulty” survey of the Indira Sagar project has put to risk lives of thousands of dam oustees, Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) on

Thursday demanded lowering of the dam height to 245 metres until proper rehabilitation was completed. The Narmada Bachao Andolan  also threatened to challenge in the Supreme Court the Madhya Pradesh High Court order permitting water level in the dam to be raised from 255 metres to 260 metres, Narmada Bachao Andolan  activist Chittaroopa Palit told reporters here.

Following the High Court order permitting to raise the water level from 255 m to 260 m on September 8, the State Government and the NHDC started raising the water level. 

The Narmada Bachao Andolan  also announced that the dam oustees, who were not compensated, would launch a ‘Chipko satyagraha’, by refusing to move from the land coming under backwaters “even if they have to lose their lives.” With dam height being raised, water has started flowing into villages that were not included in surveys, even in those conducted for water level at 262.13 metres, Palit said.

“Faulty surveys were conducted and the villages will submerge if the dam height was raised. We demand that water level should not be permitted to be raised above 245 metres, before villagers, whose land has submerged without acquisition, are not fully compensated,” she said.

Fresh surveys should be conducted and its reports be made publicly available, she said, adding, officials found guilty for wrong surveys should also be punished.

Palit claimed that affected villagers of Harda and Khandwa have decided to start the ‘chipko satyagraha’ at the rims of the reservoirs on the lands that have submerged or were being submerged without acquisition and rehabilitation.