NBA Press Release
  20 April 2007
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Stay on closure of Omkareshwar dam gates continues: Grievance Redressal Authority ordered for detailed enquiry

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Central Water Commission directed to assist GRA in estimate of back-water levels

On the public interest litigation filed by the Narmada Bachao Andolan with regard to the rehabilitation of the oustees of the Omkareshwar Project, the Honorable High court ordered that the stay given on the 30th of April 2007 on the closure of the gates will continue. The High Court directed the Grievance Redressal Authority (GRA) to submit the detailed report of the impact of back-waters that would occur at 189 meters water level at dam site, within 10 days to the Court. In this context, the GRA was also asked to take the assistance of the Central Water Commission.

It is noteworthy that the High Court Madhya Pradesh had given a stay on the the blocking of the sluice gates and the closure of the radial gates on the 30th of March 2007, and had also directed that the water and electricity connections of the residents of the submergence villages not be severed.

On the 17th of May, hearing was held before the double bench of Chief Justice Shri Anang Kumar Patnaik and Justice Shri K.K. Lahoti. On the 19th in its order, besides giving directions about the assessing the impact of temporary submergence between FRL and BWL (Back-water level), the High Court directed that the GRA would have to report whether the R&R of the oustees have been complied with as per the scheme prepared by the Government, and also how many families are living in the villages. The Narmada Bachao Andoln has been asked to give all data to the GRA within 3 days. The State Government was asked to give all required data to the GRA.

The hearing on the Writ petition will be next held on the 1st of May 2007. In the hearing, Shri Ravishankar Prasad, Senior Supreme Court counsel and Shri R.N Singh Advocate General of Madhya Pradesh argued for the State and the NHDC. Ms. Chittaroopa Palit of the Narmada Bachao Andolan spoke on behalf of the oustees.

Alok Agarwal,
Bhagwan Mukati