The Water Wars
India Today|September 30, 2019
As the Sardar Sarovar dam fills up, issues of rehabilitation, compensation come to the fore too
Rahul Noronha

As the water level of the Sardar Sarovar dam inches towards its full capacity of 138.98 metres (thanks to a plentiful monsoon), Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat are locked in yet another dispute. The MP government has accused Gujarat of closing the sluice gates of the dam ahead of the schedule agreed upon by the states in consultation with the Narmada Control Authority (NCA), the agency set up to implement the orders of the Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal. The closing of the gates, alleges MP, threatens to submerge the land of more than 2,000 families in 60-odd villages of the Dhar and Barwani districts of the state.

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