Rehabilitate families hit by closure of Sardar Sarovar dam gates: Digvijay Singh 

The Congress leader said the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh should hold talks with Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar about the rehabilitation issue.

By: PTI | Indore | Updated: July 22, 2017 6:42 pm
Digvijay Singh, Digvijay Singh on Sardar Sarovar Dam, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Sardar Sarovar Dam families rehabilation, indian express news Congress leader Digvijaya Singh (Express File Photo by Nirmal Harindran)

Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Saturday said nearly 18,000 families in Madhya Pradesh were displaced by the closure of gates of the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat last month, but they have not been rehabilitated yet. “Nearly 18,000 families in Madhya Pradesh were displaced by (the closure of gates) of the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat. A Supreme Court order regarding the rehabilitation of dam oustees has not been followed,” the Congress general secretary told reporters in Indore.

He said the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh should hold talks with Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar about the rehabilitation issue. “When I was the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, I used to regularly talk to Medha Patkar over issues related to the dam oustees. But, MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan hasn’t held talks with Patkar yet,” he said.

“After studying the plight of oustees, I am going to raise the issue in Parliament,” the Rajya Sabha member said. Thirty floodgates of the Sardar Sarovar Dam were closed last month, causing the water level to rise to 133 metres from 122 metres.

While the move benefits Gujarat, the raised level in the reservoir has brought many villages in Madhya Pradesh in the submergence zone along the Narmada river. These villages are located in Alirajpur, Barwani, Dhar and Khargone districts.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

    Live Cricket Scores & Results