Published: Friday 30 June 2000

In a significant order, the Supreme Court has directed the three states affected by the Sardar Sarovar Project to review the resettlement of those evicted because of the dam. The court has also directed them to provide details concerning the availability of land for rehabilitation. The order is important in the light of the fact that the Narmada Bachao Andolan had in all its arguments in court highlighted the fact that the pace of the project was not in proportion to the resettlement of those evicted from the vicinity. To implement the court orders, the three concerned states -- Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh -- have established Grievance Redressal Authorities comprising experts to whom the Andolan activists, the state and the public can register their complaints. According to the Andolan's leader Medha Patkar, complaints regarding lax resettlement measures have already been registered at the redressal cells.

Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter :

Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.