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.
After a wait of eight long years, the Gujarat government on Thursday got final approval to raise by about 17 metres the height of Sardar Sarovar dam--the country`s most controversial dam project--in a big boost to the state which often faces water woes due to deficient rains.
AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal plans to campaign in BJP`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi`s home turf on March 8, a state where the AAP is trying hard to emerge as the third alternative to the Congress and the BJP.
Bringing the issue of legacy of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel back in public discourse, Congress on Monday accused BJP`s PM candidate Narendra Modi of "misguiding" the common people on leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and the independent India`s first home minister.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for delaying the approval for installation of gates at Sardar Sarovar dam, and requested him to at least heed the demand of state Congress leaders on the same.
The Gujarat government has initiated talks with tribal representatives of 70 villages in Narmada district after they opposed land acquisition for a tourism project near the Sardar Sarovar dam at Kevadiya.
Water level in the Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadiya in Narmada district crossed the record 129.2 metre-mark and is expected to rise further owing to heavy rains in Narmada river catchment areas in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh.