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Guj gets approval to raise Narmada dam height, Patkar upset

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After a wait of eight long years, the Gujarat government today got final approval to raise by about 17 metres
Narmada damAhmedabad/New Delhi:  After a wait of eight long years, the Gujarat government today got final approval to raise by about 17 metres the height of Sardar Sarovar dam–the country’s most controversial dam project–in a big boost to the state which often faces water woes due to deficient rains.

The announcement of the final clearance by the Narmada Control Authority (NCA) for raising the dam height to 138.72 metres was made by Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, days after her predecessor Narendra Modi took over as the Prime Minister. The current dam height is 121.92 metres.

“The Narmada Control Authority (NCA) has given the approval to raise the height of the dam to 138 metres,” a visibly happy Patel said in Junagadh, adding it is a “historic day” for Gujarat.

The decision to raise the height of the dam came after eight years.

As the Gujarat government hailed the decision, social activist Medha Patkar, who heads the Narmada Bachao Andolan, cried foul and said it was not taken in a democratic manner.

“The government has neither given us any hearing nor has it taken any time nor made any attempt to know the ground reality, before deciding to go forward with Sardar Sarovar Dam construction to its final height,” she said.

“Can the height be raised in violation of law?” she asked.

“The decision has not been taken in a democratic manner. The government has not consulted the ministries concerned,” Patkar told reporters in Mumbai.

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