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NBA warns against cash-compensation
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Tuesday, January 16, 2001

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NBA warns against cash-compensation

Vadodara, Jan 15: The Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) has warned the Madhya Pradesh Government against attempts to give cash-compensation instead of agricultural land to the affected people of the state.

NBA activist Medha Patkar said in a press release here today that giving compensation to the people in cash would be in violation of the Narmada Water Dispute Tribunal Award (NWDTA) and the Supreme Court's judgement. She further said that the Rs 44,000 crore project is neither economically nor financially viable and certainly not beneficial to the drought-affected people in Gujarat.

It has shown that Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh would pay an unwarranted social, environmental and financial cost for meagre share in power to be generated, which is both short term and uncertain as the premises for estimation of benefits are proved to be baseless.

Madhya Pradesh which is to face the largest submergence due to the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) has no land ready for rehabilitation while the number of affected families from Madhya Pradesh residing on the river banks even today, is about 33,000 families out of 40,000 from all three states, she added.

The NBA has already challenged all the state governments and the concerned authorities to produce master plans for rehabilitation with details of agriculture land which would be jointly inspected to establish cultivability and adequancy for villagewise resettlement. The authorities and government have failed to do so, she charged.

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