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Shunglu panel arrives, to leave for SSP sites today

SARDAR SAROVAR Project Relief and Rehabilitation Oversight Group headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu arrived here from New Delhi this evening. Former Jawaharlal Nehru University vice-chancellor Professor G K Chaddha will accompany him to SSP rehabilitation sites tomorrow. When contacted, Shunglu, however, refused to comment.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 14:32 IST

SARDAR SAROVAR Project Relief and Rehabilitation Oversight Group headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu arrived here from New Delhi this evening. Former Jawaharlal Nehru University vice-chancellor Professor G K Chaddha will accompany him to SSP rehabilitation sites tomorrow. When contacted, Shunglu, however, refused to comment.

The Oversight Group will report on the status of rehabilitation of Project Affected Families (PAFs) to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh through Water Resources Ministry. The Shunglu Group, among other things, will ascertain the number of PAFs who will suffer due to submergence caused by raising dam height.

It will estimate, on the basis of sample checks, the number of PAFs who may not have received so far, in full measure, the resettlement and rehabilitation package as per the norms laid down by Narmada Water Dispute Tribunal Award and the Supreme Court orders.

The Group will also ascertain on the basis of sample checks, if offers of alternate land to eligible oustees were made in fair and transparent manner and further ascertain if such offers were voluntarily refused by oustees who preferred to accept the special rehabilitation package of MP Government.

The Shunglu group will verify whether all measures of rehabilitation, resettlement and civic amenities as mandated by Award were in place. Above all, the Group will recommend a system to ensure that oustees affected at the dam height of 121.92 meters are rehabilitated.

The Group has sought detailed PAF account between the elevation level of 110.64 meters and 121.92 meters from Narmada Valley Development Authority.

Fifty National Sample Survey Organisation teams are already at the rehabilitation sites collecting rehab data and transferring it to Delhi from a control room set up at Narmada Control Authority office here. The Oversight Group, according to information, will stay in Indore division till this Sunday.