SC verdict on dam shocking: Patkar
NBA leader Medha was livid at the SC verdict that went in favour of the dam.india Updated: May 09, 2006 20:43 IST
NBA leader Medha Patkar has termed the Supreme Court's verdict on the plea against stopping construction work of the Narmada Dam as shocking, and has vowed to continue her fight against the injustice.
Patkar, along with a number of activists, including Arundhati Roy, organised a sit-in before the Supreme Court to mark her protest against the decision.
She accused the Centre of "making a mockery of its role with regard to rehabilitation of the project affected families, especially adivasis (tribals)."
"If this is the response by the system, we will have no alternative but to take it by the horns," she said, adding that she wanted to show that NBA activists were undeterred by any "pressure".
She also slammed some media organisations for being "puppets in the hands of industrialists" and publishing news reports "without verifying facts".
Patkar also challenged Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who had talked of taking action against those who wanted to stop construction of the dam. "We are not afraid of such hollow threats", she said.
Patkar also expressed disagreement with the Court's justification for postponing the decision on the raising of the dam height on the ground of "disputed facts."
The apex court had on Monday declined NBA's plea to stop the ongoing construction work to raise the height of Sardar Sarovar Dam from the existing 110 metres to 121.92 metres.
First Published: May 09, 2006 18:42 IST