Centre says it will await outcome of Monday's hearing in Court
BJP, Gujarat Congress teams meet Prime Minister Medha Patkar's fast enters 19th day Narendra Modi begins hunger strike
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has not taken a view on suspension of construction of the Narmada Dam till resettlement and rehabilitation of the affected families is completed as per the Narmada award and Supreme Court orders, according to the Prime Minister's Office.
Prime Minister's media advisor Sanjaya Baru told The Hindu that Dr. Singh was studying the Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz's report on the proceedings of the Saturday meeting of the Review Committee of the Narmada Control Authority.
The meeting failed to achieve a consensus on a decision on suspending the dam construction.
"The Prime Minister has said that the Madhya Pradesh Government should do its best to ensure that the resettlement and rehabilitation of the affected families was in consonance with the Narmada award and Supreme Court orders and to the satisfaction of the oustees. He is studying Mr. Soz's report but has not taken a view on it," Mr. Baru said.
The Centre, in a statement, said it would await the outcome of the hearing in the Supreme Court on Monday on an application filed by the affected families from Madhya Pradesh.
The February application before the decision on raising the dam height was taken says that the affected families from 13 villages had not been rehabilitated even below the current height of dam at 110.64 metres. It wants the court to stay the raising of the height till rehabilitation is completed.
The statement came after a Bharatiya Janata Party delegation, led by senior leader Arun Jaitley, and a delegation of the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee, headed by its president Bharatsinh Solanki, met Dr. Singh on the issue of raising the dam height.
Amid these developments, Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar's fast entered the 19th day on Sunday and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi began a 51-hour fast to make a case for the dam.
On Saturday, Mr. Modi and the Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan were given copies of the report of the Group of Ministers that had visited the rehabilitation sites and submerged villages in Madhya Pradesh.