New Delhi: The Centre today agreed to
withdraw ban on Maheshwar hydro-electric project in Madhya
Pradesh, work on which was suspended by the Environment
Ministry for non-compliance of some conditions imposed for the
green clearance given to it.
A decision in this regard was taken during a meeting
between Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, T K A Nair
and Chief Secretary of Madhya Pradesh, Avani Vaishya here.
According to a state government official, it was decided
that the works on Maheshwar Dam Project will again be started
for construction of crest gates (spillway piers) to its full
height (17 metres) which was stopped by MoEF.
"The permission for the rest of the works will again be
decided in the meeting which will held next week between the
officials at the PMO," it said.
The Secretaries of Union Environment and Forest and Power
Ministries were also present in the meeting.
The Centre had decided to suspend work on the dam
situated in Khargone district of the state about two weeks
back due to non-adherence to some mandatory conditions.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had
on April 28, appealed to the Centre to revoke the "arbitrary
order" by the Ministry of Environment and Forests to suspend
the work on the Maheshwar hydro-electric project, alleging
that it was "agenda-driven".
Terming the order as anti-development and anti-poor,
Chouhan in his letter had said such an action by MoEF at a
critical stage of project implementation was "extremely
detrimental" to the planning and development process.
Chouhan had said that the stoppage of the project at this
juncture would result in a loss of 7.2 lakh units of power per
day starting in November 2010 and denial of 360 MLD of water
for the urban areas of Dewas and Indore.
He had claimed that the MoEF had continuously threatened
shutting down of this project, despite the state government`s
repeated assurance about proper rehabilitation of the
"The state government is compelled to think that the MoEF
is driven by some agenda which leads to unreasonable and
arbitrary obstruction in development projects of which
Maheshwar is only one example," the Chief Minister had said.
Chouhan had urged the Prime Minister "to give serious
attention to this matter in order to revoke the arbitrary
order and if necessary, to convene a meeting to resolve the