The Resettlement and Rehabilitation sub-group of the Narmada Control Authority — chaired by Social Justice and Empowerment Secretary — met and discussed Gujarat’s demand, but sources said a decision was not taken because of certain non-completion of work in Maharashtra. The state has been asked to submit a report on compliance after which the panel will meet again, they said.
Raising the height of the dam requires a clearance from the Narmada Control Authority and a prerequisite for NCA clearance is a go-ahead from two sub-groups on environment and resettlement and rehabilitation. While the environment sub-group had given the green light as early as in 2010, the resettlement and rehabilitation panel is yet to give its nod.
“The Government of Maharashtra has been asked to submit a report. A decision will be taken only after that,” a source said. Asked whether the sub-group was in favour of raising the height of the dam, officials said a final decision will be taken after submission of report by Maharashtra which has been given some more time to complete the work.
Recently, Modi had written to Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar seeking early approval from the R&R sub-group and NCA to raise the height of the dam. With the state reeling under drought-like condition, the state had placed the demand even before the Empowered Group of Ministers for Management of Drought which visited the state last month.
In his letter to Pawar, Modi pointed out that R&R work in all the three states — Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra — have been “substantially completed” as required under the provisions of the Narmada Water Dispute Tribunal Award and the Supreme Court order.
According to the Gujarat government, the storage capacity of the dam will increase three-fold once the height is raised to its full reservoir level which would facilitate in creating additional irrigation potential of 6.6 lakh hectares and increase power generation by about 40 per cent.
The amount of per capita deposit and per capita credit for Gujarat was Rs 37,174 and Rs 24,268; while for Tamil Nadu, it was Rs 42,580 and Rs 47,964; Karnataka Rs 49,598 and Rs 38,154; and Maharashtra Rs 1,10,183 and Rs 89,575. Even Kerala did better than Gujarat with Rs 43,890 and Rs 27,912.
How can Modi and his followers could forget that there is no no development in rural and tribal areas of Gujarat? Modi has hired PR agencies to project himself as man of development and one who can become the PM but the reality on grass root is totally different. Modi has allowed industrialist to loot Gujarat and if he becomes PM, he will let entire world to loot India...
Modi can not be PM ever in India....we the people of Gujarat will not let him become the CM, forget about the PM!!