States diverting dam water to corporate, alleges Medha Patkar

States diverting dam water to corporate, alleges Medha Patkar:

(Courtesy: ANI)  Bhopal, Sep 09 (ANI): Environmental activist Medha Patkar alleged that state of Madhya Pradesh and neighbouring Gujarat were diverting dam water to corporate at the cost of people’s lives. The Central government has approved a long-stalled proposal to raise the height of the Narmada dam to 138.73 metres (455 feet), from 121.92 metres (400 feet), so more water will be available for drinking, irrigation and power generation. Patkar, who has long campaigned against the project, said many people will be displaced. As chief minister of Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had campaigned for approval to build the dam higher to protect farmers from drought. Hundreds of people affected by Sardar Sarovar Dam project have started an indefinite sit-in protest in Barwani district to protest increase in height of the dam. They alleged that people in the submergence area had not been rehabilitated.


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