Govt to review Narmada Dam height
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Govt to review Narmada Dam height

Social activist Medha Patkar and others have been on a hunger strike for a fortnight on this issue.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 21:29 IST

Government on Wednesday decided to review the decision to raise the height of the Narmada Dam, an issue on which activist Medha Patkar has gone on an indefinite fast opposing it.

The government decision, taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA), came shortly after the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA), whose leader Patkar's fast entered the 15th day on Wednesday, gave 48 hours notice to the government asking it not to raise the height.

However, the NBA did not say anything about its future course of action after the two-day deadline if the government did not take a decision on the issue.

Patkar, who was forcibly taken to AIIMS a week ago in the midst of her protest, said in her reaction from the hospital bed that her fast and the agitation by others would continue.

Emerging from the CCPA meeting, Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz, who had led a team of ministers to the site to review the rehabilitation work in the affected areas of the Sardar Sarovar Project in Madhya Pradesh, said a meeting of the Review Committee would be held shortly to go into the issue.

"As the Chairperson of the Review Committee, I will hold a meeting of the Committee to review the decision taken by the Narmada Control Authority which has allowed increase of the height (of the dam)," Soz said.

Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Soz would convene the meeting of the committee which is an institutional arrangement to review all matters relating to the project.

First Published: Apr 12, 2006 16:40 IST