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Cong to accept SC verdict on SSP

BREAKING HIS silence over the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) controversy, former Narmada Valley Development Minister and once a bitter critic of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar, Subhash Yadav said here today the State Congress would accept the Supreme Court verdict over the issue of raising the dam height.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 14:17 IST

BREAKING HIS silence over the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) controversy, former Narmada Valley Development Minister and once a bitter critic of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar, Subhash Yadav said here today the State Congress would accept the Supreme Court verdict over the issue of raising the dam height.

Yadav, who is also the State Congress chief, said the fundamental reason for controversy over raising of dam height stemmed from the fact that the affected families had not been properly rehabilitated so far.

He accused the State BJP Government of having ignored the rehabilitation work of dam oustees. He further said a committee was formed for rehabilitation of displaced families but still there had been massive corruption in rehabilitation works.

Referring to alleged corruption in rehabilitation of Indira Sagar Project oustees from Harsud to Chhanera, he said after the Congress took up the issue, corruption in rehabilitation works was exposed and oustees got a better deal.

Meanwhile, Jan Sangharsh Morcha, a conglomerate of 15 NGOs from Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, today condemned the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress for their insensitivity towards rehabilitation of Sardar Sarovar Dam oustees.

Spokesperson for the Morcha Anurag Modi said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi wanted the dam’s height to be raised without rehabilitation of farmers and tribals and both the BJP and Congress should explain whether rehabilitation of farmers and tribals, losing their land and livelihood, has any place in their scheme of development or not.