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Anxious about Medha's health, Amte writes to PM

Social activist Baba Amte has written to Manmohan Singh urging him not to raise the height of the dam.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 14:18 IST

Social activist Baba Amte on Saturday said he has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him not to raise the height of the dam.

Also, he has urged the PM to ensure rehabilitation of people living in the submergence area of Sardar Sarovar Project.

Amte expressed concern over the health of Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar, who is on a hunger strike in New Delhi demanding a comprehensive rehabilitation package for the villagers affected by the project.

"I have written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to immediately stop the illegal raising of dam height and ensure that all affected families are rehabilitated as per law," Amte, a Magsaysay Award winner, said from his Anandvan residence on Saturday.

Amte said in the letter, "it pains me to realize that these very communities are now to be illegally submerged by the unjustifiable decision to raise height of Sardar Sarovar Project dam up to 122 metres."

"Rehabilitation has been reduced to an exercise on paper with affected families being displaced without any substantial entitlements including land in exchange for land going under submergence," he said.

"Thousands of families whom I knew personally have not been shifted to relief and rehabilitation site, even as construction continues making submergence imminent," Amte said.

First Published: Apr 08, 2006 14:18 IST