Praising the Narendra Modi Government for swift approval to raise the height of Narmada dam, meeting a longstanding demand of Gujarat, Union Minister Smriti Irani on Friday said the just-formed NDA administration has done in weeks what UPA regime could not do in eight years.
The decision to raise the height of Narmada dam to 138.72 metres was taken after the Social Justice Ministry said it was "100 per cent satisfied" over the rehabilitation of displaced people, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati today said.
Social activist Medha Patkar on Thursday said the government should take into account views of people from the Narmada valley before taking any decision on increasing the height of the Sardar Sarovar dam project.
In a major boost to Gujarat which has been regularly facing water woes due to deficient rains, Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Thursday announced that they have got approval to raise the height of Narmada dam to 138.72 metres (455 feet).
With water in Narmada dam flowing at 130.64 metre level following heavy rains in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, the administrations in south Gujarat districts of Bharuch, Narmada have shifted more than 5,000 people to safer places.
Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) here on Sunday alleged that the decision of the National Green Tribunal to permit raising the water level of the Narmada dam is based on the "false claims of the promoters" of the project.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi accused the central government of "showing
crookedness" and sabotaging the progress of the state by not
giving permission to raise the height of Sardar Sarovar