Chief Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi in a letter to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohansinh, asked him to withdraw the order directed by Ministry of Environment and Forest to form an environmental committee meant to review the environmental steps taken under Sardar Sarovar Project.
Decision of the Ministry of Environment and Forest taken on 28th April 2010 is not at all in accordance with the present provisions of Narmada Yojana and with the orders adjudged by the Supreme Court on 20th Oct 2000, says the letter handed over to Prime Minister on Monday late evening by Chief Minister.
Chief Minister said that Sardar Sarovar Yojana has passed through many legal disputes and hurdles. A positive hand from Government of India and Prime Minister has helped the Narmada Project to set many benchmarks. Construction of 458 km long central canal has been completed in the year 2008, has delivered drinking water to more than 2.2 crore people. To extract out all the benefits from this inter-state multipurpose project, it is imperative to take the dams height to the level of full reservoir.
He also said that as all the aspects regarding security has been tackled properly, 48th meet of environmental sub-group of Narmada Control Authority presided by Secretary to Ministry of Environment and Forest, approved a height of 138 meter for the Sardar Sarovar Dam.
Chief Minister insisted that such a high level committee must be withdrawn as forming one more committee in this issue is just paradoxical to the numerous decisions taken by other central bodies in the past. He also said that the move will further perplex the situation and pass the negative impacts.
Chief Minister pointed out that Narmada project was given approval on environmental issues in 1988 and steps for environment protections were ensured by forming an environmental sub-group on 15th April 1987, in the presence of then Prime Minister and the concerned Chief Ministers.
Shri Modi said that as Narmada Control Authority has a complete monitoring set-up and environmental sub-group is capable enough to take any steps related to the project, there is no need of any other independent body to take decision in this issue.
Taking all these points into consideration, order of forming one more in the case of Sardar Sarovar Project, must be withdrawn, Chief Minister said.