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The Authority for granting final permission for raising height of the Sardar Sarovar Dam (SSD) is the Narmada Control Authority (NCA). This mandate was given by Hon’ble Supreme Court by its judgement dated 18.10.2000 in Writ petition No. 319 of 1994.

According to the above judgment of Hon’ble Supreme Court, the NCA will permit raising dam height after obtaining clearances from Environment and R&R Sub-Group of the NCA. The R&R Sub-Group of NCA will accord clearance after consultations with the Grievances Redressal Authorities (GRAs) of the States.

The Government of Gujarat vide letter dated 02.08.2008 has submitted the proposal to the NCA to consider granting the permission for the construction of piers and overhead bridge and installation of gates (to be kept in raised position). The proposal of Government of Gujarat was deliberated in the 80th Meeting of the NCA held on 12.08.2008 wherein, the Authority decided that further construction of SSD would be carried out in two phases: Phase – I. Construction of spillway piers to its full height and bridge and installation of gates (to be kept in raised position), and Phase – II. Lowering down of the gates and impounding water in the reservoir to full reservoir level to EL 138.68m.

The Authority decided that the issue of the next stage of construction i.e. Phase-I would first be considered in Environment Sub-Group and R&R Sub-Group including consultation with Grievances Redressal Authorities (GRAs) and thereafter the matter would be considered by the NCA

The Phase-I proposal was discussed in 86th meeting of Narmada Control Authority(NCA) held on 12.06.2014 wherein, the Authority, on the basis of clearances by Environment Sub-Group (ESG) and Resettlement & Rehabilitation (R&R) Sub-group of NCA accorded its permission for Phase-I proposal. It was also decided that in line with the past practice, NCA may communicate the following decision to Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL).

“The Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited is permitted to carry out Phase-I proposal comprising construction of piers, overhead bridge and installation of gates in open or raised position of Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) as per the approved design. The project authorities should comply with the conditions as laid down by the two subgroups of NCA. Particular care may be taken in preparing plan to provide timely safeguard in case of untoward/unforessen incident”

As per the revised backwater level studies, the new levels corresponding to afflux / submergence at dam site due to the present proposal will be El. 134.15m against El. 134.32m which was the afflux level at dam site while granting permission for raising the dam height to El. 121.92m. In view of this the present proposal will not result in to any additional submergence.

STATUS OF RESETTLEMENT AND REHABILITATION (R&R) AT PRESENT DAM HEIGHT EL 121.92M (Phase-I) OF SARDAR SAROVAR DAM (as on 30.09.2016)

Dam height State No. of Villages affected Total PAFs Total PAFs resettled Total PAFs resettled
Gujarat Maharashtra M.P.
121.92m Gujarat 19 4744 4744 0 0 4744
Maharashtra 32 3455 696 2759 0 3455
M.P. 177 24421 5382 0 19039* 24421
Total 228 32620 10822 2759 19039 32620

* This number may change after inclusion of PAFs to be declared by Grievance Redressal Authorities (GRAs)/State Governments including impact of backwater level.

STATUS OF RESETTLEMENT & REHABILITATION (R&R) AT FULL HEIGHT OF THE DAM (FRL) i.e. 138.68 M (as on 30.09.2016)

Dam height State No. of Villages affected Total PAFs Total PAFs resettled Balance PAFs likely to be resettled
138.68m Gujarat 19 4762 4762 0
Maharashtra 33 4316 3909 407
M.P. 192 37754 37754** **
Total 244 46832* 46425 407*

*   This number may change after inclusion of PAFs to be declared by Grievance Redressal Authorities (GRAs)/State Governments including impact of backwater level.
** 1142 PAFs are yet to be paid 2nd installments of Special Rehabilitation Package (SRP).

The R&R process is being completed upto FRL 138.68 m. in conformity with the relevant provisions in the Award and the liberalized policies of party States.

The timeline for resettlement of balance 407 PAFs in Maharashtra.

The increase in balance 407 PAFs in Maharashtra for resettlement at FRL are due to addition of genuine PAFs declared by the GRAs/State Governments. The Government of Maharashtra is making all efforts to accomplish the task before December, 2016.

Reasons for non-resettlement of 407 PAFs.

The majority of the balance PAFs is hardcore who were resisting acceptances of R&R in the influence of anti-dam activists groups. The Government of Maharashtra has made rigorous consultations and counselling for the settlement of the above PAFs and now they have shown their interest in acceptance of R&R package. The Government of Maharashtra has evolved procedure to purchase the land for these PAFs from the private sellers since the land is not available in the vicinity of already existing R&R sites where other PAFs are resettled. The Government of Maharashtra has succeeded in getting proposal for the 695.39 ha. of land for the allotment to these PAFs. The process is on and accordingly, the Government of Maharashtra is making all efforts to accomplish the task as early as possible.