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Verify areas under submergence: HC

india Updated: Oct 08, 2006 15:55 IST
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MP HIGH Court here on Saturday directed the additional collectors of Harda, Dewas and Khandwa districts to verify the areas coming under submergence after the full reservoir level (FRL) of Indira Sagar Dam is raised to 260 metre. The court ordered the additional collectors should take with them sufficient staff for prompt verification and camp at the sites till the work was completed.

In September, the HC allowed the concerned authorities to raise the water level in Indira Sagar Dam to 260 metre from 255 metre in Punasa, Khandwa. The authorities then demanded to raise the water level to 262 metre from 255 metre.

The court directed the State government to issue notification under Section 17(1) of Land Acquisition Act within a week from the date the land submergence survey was completed. The HC also directed the Central Water Commission and Grievance Redressal Authority to submit a survey report within a fortnight on areas to be affected by the dam water on raising the height of water level in the dam to 260 metre.

Giving relief to the farmers, a division bench comprising Justice Dipak Misra and Justice S S Kemkar directed the State government to compensate the farmers for their standing crops while acquiring the land under Land Acquisition Act.

The compensation for standing crops would be in addition to the compensation paid to the farmers for their agriculture land on acquisition.

The government should do video recording of the eviction proceedings in areas coming under submergence of dam water, the court directed. The bench on Saturday issued the directives during hearing of petitions filed by Rajendra Prasad and others of Badgaon Mal, Junapani, Badgaon Raiyyat and Karanpura villages of Khandwa district.