31 October, 2020

Big Man, Little Folks

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

Amit Haralkar
Big Man, Little Folks

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...


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