Approval from the Rehabilitation and Resettlement sub-group is yet to be obtained
The Union government on Thursday said that the environment sub-group under the Narmada Control Authority (NCA) had only “conditionally” allowed installation of (17 mt-high) crest gates (to be kept in raised position) at the Narmada Dam, under construction in Gujarat. Union Minister of State for Water Resources Vincent Pala said this in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.
The NCA, chaired by the Union Water Resources Secretary, gave instructions in 2008 that the next stage of construction at the dam would first be considered in the Environment and Rehabilitation and Resettlement sub-groups, after consultation with the Grievances Redressal Authorities set up in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
So far, the environment sub-group had “conditionally permitted” construction of the spillway piers to its full height and the installation of gates (to be kept in raised position). Approval from the Rehabilitation and Resettlement sub-group is yet to be obtained, the Minister added.
In its order on a writ petition filed by the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA), the Supreme Court said in 2000 that the NCA would give permission to raise the height of the dam from time to time “after” it obtains “clearances” from the Rehabilitation and Resettlement sub-group (including consultation with the three Grievance Redressal Authorities of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra) and the environment sub-group. This sets at rest the controversy with regard to the permission for raising the height of the dam.