Monday, November 29, 1999

NBA asks PM not to allow construction of Maheshwar dam

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New Delhi, May 16 (PTI) The Narmada Bachao Andolan has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not to review suspension of the Maheshwar dam construction till rehabilitation of affected people despite a request from the Madhya Pradesh government. "Instead of taking any steps about rehabilitation, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh has asked the Prime Minister to cancel the Ministry of Environment and Forest''s(MOEF) order on false and baseless grounds," the NGO said in a statement. In a letter to the Prime Minister, the NGO appealed to him not to "let the private project promoters trample on fundamental and statutory rights of the oustees". Among the signatories in the letter were the names of Justice Rajendra Sachar, retired Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Kuldip Nayyar, veteran journalist and ex-Member of Parliament, Surendra Mohan, veteran socialist leader and ex- Member of Parliament and Swami Agnivesh, President, World Council of Arya Samaj. On April 23, the Ministry of Environment and Forest had issued an order against the private company Shree Maheshwar Hydel Power Corporation Limited which is implementing the Maheshwar dam project.

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