PM panel report on Narmada by June 10
THE V K Shunglu Oversight Group, set up to verify rehabilitation of the Narmada dam oustees, would finish its work by June 10 and submit their report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. ?We have surveyed 99 of the 177 villages that would be affected by raising the height of the dam to 121.91 meters,? Shunglu, chairperson of the three-member group told reporters here.india Updated: May 30, 2006 14:18 IST
THE V K Shunglu Oversight Group, set up to verify rehabilitation of the Narmada dam oustees, would finish its work by June 10 and submit their report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “We have surveyed 99 of the 177 villages that would be affected by raising the height of the dam to 121.91 meters,” Shunglu, chairperson of the three-member group told reporters here.
He said sufficient manpower has been mobilised to review the remaining 78 villages and they expect to finish the job by June 10.
Shunglu said the Madhya Pradesh Government had informed the Oversight Group that over 18,000 families in 177 villages were affected due to the raising of the height of the Sardar Sarovar Dam Project to 121.91 meters.
He said 14,000 families did not own land, while of the 4,200 that owned land in the affected areas approximately 3,800 families had opted for the Special Relief Package.
“If cash compensation is given under duress, it will come out from the affected families,” G K Chadha, former Vice-Chancellor of JNU and a member of the group said when asked about the concerns raised by certain quarters on the issue of cash compensation.
Shunglu said 400 affected families had accepted land offered while the remaining 3,800 had opted for the Special Rehabilitation Package. Shunglu said assistance of the National Sample Survey Organisation has been taken for verification
of the relief and rehabilitation.
Maheshwar dam rally
DEMANDING THAT financial institutions refrain from investing in the Maheshwar dam project in Madhya Pradesh, NBA activists on Monday assembled in Mumbai to protest against the project. There was no available land to rehabilitate the displaced and environmental clearance to the project was based on “fraudulent” figures.