Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Narmada update

The Shunglu Committee report regarding the rehabilitation status in the Narmada valley has been submitted to the Prime Minister (the report was due by June 20 th). The PM is to send his recommendation within a week to the Supreme court, which was to pass a ruling before July 3rd.

Mike Levien reports from the Narmada Valley regarding the issues surrounding the Committee's survey, methodology, scope and its potential implications.
Both the Supreme Court and the Prime Minister recognised that rehabilitation for Sardar Sarovar dam on the Narmada river was incomplete, but neither was willing to fulfil their legal responsibility to actually stop construction. Instead, the the Shunglu Committee is now "independently" investigating rehabilitation and it appears compromised. Even if the committee finds that rehabilitation is incomplete (which it will if it conducts its mission in good faith), by this time construction up to 122 m will be finished!

Also, the MoEF (Ministry of Enironment and Forests) has directed the Government of Madhya Pradesh to stop work on the Maheshwar dam, sighting violation of conditions given for clearance.