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Dam issue: Medha ends 20-day fast

The NBA activist ended her 20-day-old fast following SC order on rehabilitation.Troubled sutra of a river | Narmada at a glance

india Updated: Apr 22, 2006 16:32 IST

Environmental activist Medha Patkar on Monday called off her 20-day-old fast against the Sardar Sarovar Dam as the Supreme Court directed authorities to ensure the rehabilitation of people displaced by the project.

"The Supreme Court order is a ray of hope for thousands of families in the three states (of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat)," Patkar told Narmada Bachao Andolan activists and reporters.

Patkar started her fast at Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital March 29 to protest the raising of the height of the Sardar Sarovar dam. Police forcibly admitted her to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) April 6 after her condition deteriorated.

She returned to Jantar Mantar Monday to end her fast and to address her supporters.

First Published: Apr 17, 2006 19:42 IST