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Where?s the land to give away, asks MP

WHILE Narendra Modi is hailing the Supreme Court order on continuing work on the Sardar Sarovar dam, his counterpart in Madhya Pradesh has to get down to work.?

india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 12:26 IST

WHILE Narendra Modi is hailing the Supreme Court order on continuing work on the Sardar Sarovar dam, his counterpart in Madhya Pradesh has to get down to work.“When the government could not rehabilitate people in six years, how can you expect us to do it in three months as the Centre has promised to the SC?” an official in the Narmada Valley Development department said.

Sources said that with the order, the Centre will breathe down the MP government’s neck, asking it to expedite rehabilitation. But complete rehabilitation is impossible. There is no land to give to the affected families and a large number of them have rejected cash offers, calling it inadequate..

Uday Verma, vice chairman of the Narmada Valley Development Corporation, claims people are happy with the cash package. He claimed that only 16,000 people have to be rehabilitated and that the NBA’s figure of 35,000 was exaggerated. Of the 90 rehabilitation sites, work on 48 has been completed and work on another 12 is in full swing, he said.