Rajkot, Apr 6 (UNI) Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today said the work on the Sardar Sarovar Dam should not stop as it was the life line of the drought prone region of Saurashtra and Gujarat, despite protest by Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar.
Addressing a public rally at the Chaudhari High School ground here from where BJP leader L K Advani began the Bharat Suraksha Yatra this morning, Mr Modi criticised the NBA activists who tried to disrupt the work demanding that work be stopped on increasing the height of the dam to 121.92 meters from the current 113 metres till the people affected by the project were rehabilitated and added that the affected people would be rehabilitated.
''The Government was fully committed to the rehabilitation of those being displaced or affected by the project,'' he said.
Rajashtan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who was present on the occasion, also expressed similar views. She also highlighted the development work undertaken in the state by her government and the progress of the state during past two years.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan criticised the UPA government for saying that Mr Advani's Yatra should be stopped as it would lead to disturbance in the country.
He also cited the steps taken by his government in the state including that of generating more electricity and construction of roads.
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