Saurav Rai,the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) Collector from Maharashtras Nandurbar district conducted a day-long meeting to expedite the Action Taken Report (ATR) on Relief and Rehabilitation,at Kevadia Colony on Saturday. This,even as SSNNL authorities had on Friday,blamed the Congress-led government at the Centre and neighbouring Maharashtra for the delay in the Sardar Sarovar project.
Rai,who recently took over as the SSNNL Collector said,According to the Supreme Court guidelines,the SSNNL can raise the height of the Sardar Sarovar Dam from 121.92 to 138.68 metres only when it submits the ATR Relief and Rehabilitation report.
He added: While there is a slowdown in the Relief and Rehabilitation procedure of the Project Affected Families from Nandurbar through the coordination between Gujarat and Maharashtra,we will expedite the work as soon as possible.
Nandurbar is one of the most affected districts,where more than 33 villages were submerged and 4,000 people had to be rehabilitated to Sankheda taluka of Vadodara district. More than 20-25 villages made representations to Rai about the deficiency in the basic civic amenities.
Katiya Tavda,whose village at Nandurbar was submerged five years ago,said: I have been given five acres of agricultural land at Vadeli village of Sankheda taluka of Vadodara district,but my brother is yet to be allotted his share. We are left with no other alternative but to wait for the governments decision. We lack even the basic amenities here. He is now sharing his land with his brother.
Rai said a high level committee with the chief secretaries of both states was formed to speed up the rehabilitation issue .
In response to SSNNL Chairman N V Patels statement yesterday,Rai said: It is a policy issue and I cannot comment on it. But I am trying my best to expedite the work to raise the dams height.