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Compensatory afforestation for SSP done: NVDA

The Narmada Valley Development Authority said that compensatory afforestation under the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) has been completed

india Updated: May 08, 2003 16:39 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) has said that compensatory afforestation on 8,740 hectares for the forest land to submerge under the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) has been completed as per directions from the Union Forests and Environment Ministry.

Asserting that it would not be practical to leave forests uncut in the SSP reservoir, as it would damage the ecology of the reservoir, NVDA (environment member) S K Dubey yesterday said forest land measuring 2,732 hectare would submerge in the Sardar Sarovar Project reservoir.

He said compensation for the trees on private land has been paid and afforestation has been done on a massive scale.

Stating that reservoir would offer immense possibilities for fish farming for which ecology of the reservoir should be clean, he said if trees are not cleaned in the reservoir area, they would decay inside the reservoir and release pollutants like carbon elements, nitrate, and phosphates which would affect quality of reservoir water.

Deteriorated quality of water would harm aquatic life, he said in a statement.
NVDA vice-chairman Pradeep Bhargava said trees were being cut in only those villages where compensation for trees has been disbursed completely.

First Published: May 08, 2003 16:39 IST