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NBA threatens to step up agitation

They would protest if Govt failed to check irregularities in rehabilitation work within three weeks.

india Updated: Jul 11, 2006 04:14 IST

Claiming that two persons displaced by the Narmada Dam project in Madhya Pradesh had committed suicide, Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) on Sunday threatened to intensify its protest if the government failed to check irregularities in rehabilitation work within three weeks.

"Large-scale irregularities in rehabilitation process had forced two persons to commit suicide in last two months," NBA activist Alok Agrawal said at a press conference.

The rules and policies were being flouted during compensation distribution, he alleged, adding that cash compensation being given to those displaced was insufficient to purchase new pieces of land.

The NBA would intensify its protest if the government fails to check irregularities in the next three weeks, he said.

The displaced of all the seven dams in the state - Indira Sagar, Omkareshwar, Maheshwar, Maan, Upper Veda, Bargi and Tava dams - had been staging protest in favour of their demands for the last three days, Agrawal said.

Over 5000 people participated in a public hearing by a panel of distinguished persons, including educationist Anil Sadgopal, dramatist Habib Tanvir and Delhi University professor Nandini Sunder, he added.