Is Chauhan ready for taller Sardar Sarovar dam, asks Rawat

Height will have to go up to bring water up to the Patel statue

Bhopal: Union minister for water resource Harish Rawat wants to know from MP Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan whether he supports his party’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s stance regarding increasing the height of Sardar Sarovar dam so that water could reach the proposed status of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel in Gujarat.

Is Chauhan ready for taller Sardar Sarovar dam, asks Rawat

“ If water has to be brought to the statue located in the catchment area of the dam, as announced by Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, the dam height will have to be increased by 20- 25 metre and it could lead to more displacement villages in Madhya Pradesh,” said Rawat while talking to media persons.

The minister said one village is totally in the submergence zone and 151 villages having 38,000 families are affected by it.

They will be partially submerged with the present height of the dam at 121.91 metre. The chief minister Chauhan should reply whether he favour Modi’s view because rehabilitation and relocation of affected people is finally responsibility of the state government. Modi recently laid foundation of Sardar Patel’s tallest statue in Kevdia of Gujarat after intensive publicity campaign.

The minister flayed the State government’s campaign claiming that the area under irrigation in Madhya Pradesh had increased and said that the campaign put the central government as negative side. The fact is that the centre government provided Rs 9657 crore in last three years to Madhya Pradesh for irrigation development as well as Rs 10,000 as soft loan cum centre assistance. It was however,

however, projected by the state government that rise in agriculture production was only because of state government’s efforts.

The minister also said the language used by the chief minister during election campaign was not in keeping with his status.

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