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NBA to seek Presidential intervention
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NBA to seek Presidential intervention

NASHIK, OCT 20: The leader of the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) Medha Patkar said that the NBA would seek the intervention of President K R Narayan in the Sardar Sarovar dam issue and announce its further course of action within two days.

Talking to reporters on Wednesday night, she said that the decision of the Supreme Court, which permitted raising of the height of the dam was illogical and unjust. She said that the NBA would announce its strategy after a crucial meeting and that an appeal would be made to the President to intervene in the matter to secure justice for the displaced tribals. Patkar further said that the court did not take the arguments of the NBA seriously.

She pointed out that issues like the environmental impact of the Sardar Sarovar Project and the social implications were not taken into consideration by the court. She lamented that the Indian polity right up to the level of the prime minister had not bothered to listen to what the NBA had been saying for over a decade.

The NBA had moved the Supreme Court in 1994 opposing the SSP worth Rs 18,000 crore on the issues of rehabilitation of ousted tribals and environmental impact. On Wednesday the court had permitted increase in the height of the dam delivering a major blow to the NBA. The current height of the dam is 88 metres and the court had given it permission to increase it to 90 metres. The maximum height of the dam envisaged by the tribunal is 138 metres.

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