Sardar Sarovar dam scam outdoes Vyapam, says Patkar


By NewsGram Staff Writer

Bhopal: Narmada Bachao Andolan Activist Medha Patkar on Tuesday, vehemently raised her objection against the raising of Sardar Sarovar dam’s height from 112 metres to 139 metres.

In addition, she described it as a bigger scam in comparison to the Vyapam admission and recruitment scam in Madhya Pradesh.

Medha Patkar further revealed that the Gujarat government had issued Rs.2,300 crore for rehabilitating the people affected by the Sardar Sarovar dam. However, a total of 2,143 families in spite of being eligible for rehabilitation, have not been allocated any land in the midst of this Rs 1,000 crore scam. Approximately 54 villages have been declared out of the inundation area, thus making this scam a bigger one.


The social crusader accused the Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat governments of trying to benefit industrial houses under a conspiracy. In addition, Patkar stated that the reason for raising the dam’s height was to benefit Gujarat which would leave Madhya Pradesh without even a drop of water. This would also leave Dhanpuri town, along with around 244 villages in the 214 km area, at the risk of being inundated; almost 45,000 families would be left to suffer. These statistics are shocking and should be looked into with priority.

(With inputs from IANS)