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Raising of Narmada dam halted

Union Water Resources Minister said that Gujarat Govt had no legal authority to increase the height of the dam.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2006 23:39 IST

Government has suspended Narmada Control Authority's (NCA) decision to raise the dam height. Gujarat Government has no legal authority to increase the height, Union Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz, who is also Chairman of the NCA told reporters after a three-hour long meeting.

The NCA took up the issue after Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh counselled review by the Authority of the decision to raise the height of the dam.

The CCPA decision came when Patkar refused to give up her hunger strike until a decision is taken by the Centre to stop work on the mega project. On the other hand several Gujarat MPs met Soz expressing themeselves strongly against any such move.

The Government had decided to call a meeting of NCA in the wake of protests by NBA led by Medha Patkar demanding an immediate halt on the work to increase the height of the SSP which they claim would displace 35,000 families.

Meanwhile, the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has accused the central government of buckling under NBA's pressure. He warned the Centre to be ready to face the consequences of its decision.

First Published: Apr 15, 2006 23:39 IST