Inspite of the 3-member GoM's report the PM decided to send the Narmada decision to the Supreme Court. the report categorically stated---"The reports of the Rehabilitation and Resettlement Sub Group and the GRA on the basis of which Narmada Control Authority (NCA) granted permission for raising the height has been largely paperwork and it has no relevance with the situation on the ground".
According to rules of "Catch Catch", the Supreme Court declined NBA's plea and stated that the PM will take a decision after a report from the committee to overlook R&R in M.P. submits its report by end of June and no later than July 3rd.
... and the game continues!
A few side-effects of the game---
1. Blatant shameless display of electoral politics and interests by the UPA govt. "No elections soon, screw the people then", seems to be motto of our parties or equivalent motto would be, "Do what is best for our election campaign". Don't worry if 35,000 families will be submerged without R&R, they are not voting anytime soon. Further, "development" cannot stop because some fellows are not happy with what they are offered or not offered as compensation. They have to sacrifice for the nation and for our 12,000+ Sensex, 10% economic growth, IT boom, our malls and nuclear arsenal.
2. Supreme court violates its own ruling---"Dam construction can go on only after R&R has completed 6 months prior to construction". I am sorry, the SC has the NCA clearance so technically it is not violating its own judegment, but then the 3 member GoM visit does say that R&R on paper and reality does not match!---well, that is not NCA statement so the SC leaves that to be taken care by the PM, its his committee and more importantly its his turn to play! Also, if the SC violates its own ruling there is no one above it--- the SC is the winning combination!
3. PM will get the report by June-end and he will have a decision by July 3rd (next throw of "Catch Catch"?) Till then the construction at the dam continues, and the monsoon would have arrived or would be round the corner. So, if the report shows R&R has not happened satisfactorily, will the dam height be reduced?---oops, but that is equivalent to spilling a catch and increasing the opponents score!
NBA's press release on the SC decision is here.