No shortage of funds for Sardar Sarovar dam: minister

March 11th, 2008 - 8:06 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 11 (IANS) The Sardar Sarovar dam project on the Narmada river does not face a shortage of funds, Minister of State for Water Resources Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav told the Rajya Sabha Tuesday. The central government has decided to include the Sardar Sarovar project in Gujarat under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme to speed up the construction of the Narmada Main Canal and distributaries for early development of irrigation facilities in the area, Yadav said in a written reply.

Under the programme, the government has released a grant of Rs.48.88 billion from the financial year 1996-97 till date, the minister said.

He added that the project could be included in the Central Finance Assistance programme, as requested by the state government.

The Sardar Sarovar dam is an inter-state multipurpose project, which will benefit Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

The project has run into controversies for over a decade with the Narmada Bachao Andolan opposing its construction, as it led to the displacement of many people with affected families alleging inadequate compensation and rehabilitation.

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