Centre tells Supreme Court it will conduct survey on Narmada Dam

New Delhi, May 1. (PTI):
The Centre today told the Supreme Court that it will conduct a month-long survey for getting a “hollistic view” on the Relief and Rehabilitation (R&R) of the Narmada dam oustees, even as an anti-dam group accused the Madhya Pradesh Government of not carrying out the court’s orders in letter and spirit.
Maintaining its stand that the construction for raising the dam’s height from 110 to 121.9 metres will continue, Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramanian submitted before the apex Court that the Centre will deploy the National Survey Organisation (NSO) from May 19 to June 19 to verify the claims of R&R by conducting sample checks.
While sample checks would be carried out on each aspect of R&R, the Centre will give directions to the Madhya Pradesh Government for complying with on different aspects, he said.
After the Centre’s submission, a Bench comprising Chief Justice Y K Sabharwal, Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice S B Sinha said it will examine the issue of R&R on May 8.
The Bench was hearing a plea by Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) and some oustees seeking a stay of the ongoing construction for raising the height of the dam contending that Madhya Pradesh Government has failed to complete the R&R.
Senior advocate Shanti Bhushan, appearing for the NBA, contended that the reply of the State Government itself suggest that some of the projects in the affected areas are still to be completed.
He said the Apex Court verdict of 2000 had clearly said that R&R had to be completed a year before the construction for raising the height of the dam.

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