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Big Man, Little Folks

A weir to hold water around Sardar Patel statue threatens 11 villages and may displace 11,000 tribals

Big Man, Little Folks
Amit Haralkar
Big Man, Little Folks
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Iron In The Drink

The project is said to be in serious violation of several legal provisions

  • No clearance secured from the Environmental Impact Assessment Authority as required under a notification in 2006 by the MoEF.
  • Denial of compensation is against the provisions of the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act and violates principles of fairness
  • Land Acquisition Act provided that if acquired land was not used for the specified purpose for a period of 10 years, it was to be returned to the owners or their heirs.
  • The Sardar Sarovar Project, for which land was acquired, has been completed. Further use of this land is against rules framed by Narmada Control Authority
  • While land acquired for a Narmada canal may be in the ‘national interest’, can construction of a three-star hotel be deemed to be so?
  • No social impact assessment was conducted for the 12 km long ‘man-made lake’ or Garudeshwar weir, the width of which is still undecided even as work on the weir has commenced

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