ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Re-opening Sardar Sarovar Issue-Significant Gain of Narmada Struggle

Re-opening Sardar Sarovar Issue Significant Gain of Narmada Struggle Sanjay Sangvai ON December 16, 1994, the twenty-five day-old indefinite fast by Medha Patkar, Seetarambhai and Kamlabehn of Narmada Bachao Andolan ended in Bhopal, after the declaration by the Madhya Pradesh chief minister that his state would call for immediate stoppage of the construction work on the controversial Sardar Sarovar dam if the tribals below the dam level of 80.03 metres are not resettled till December 31, 1994, He also declared, "since we are no more bound by the stipulations of Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal (NWDT) accord as per the order of Supreme Court, on December 13 we would press for further lower height." The chief minister announced that they would press for reconsideration on all issues and submit a separate affidavit in Supreme Court regarding stand of Madhya Pradesh. This is a significant victory of 10- year old struggle in Narmada valley. At last, the much awaited review report on the Sardar Sarovar project has seen the light of the day. The Supreme Court had ordered the report to be made public, and all the concerned state governments and the Narmada Control Authority (NCA) to respond to its recommendations within four weeks.

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