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'Centre's Narmada proposal impelled by politics'

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Indore, Apr 16: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said the Centre's proposal for suspending the proposed increase in the Sardar Sarovar Dam height, till rehabilitation and resettlement was completed, was impelled by politics and unfavourable to national interest.

''In consonance with Supreme Court rulings, my government is toiling for resettling the displaced and if anybody nurses a doubt then let that person interact with the government and arrive at some solution,'' he told reporters here last evening.

Questioning the propriety of a tour by central ministers, Mr Chouhan wondered what truth could be gleaned during the course of a mere daylong visit.

''The decision to raise the height was taken by the Narmada Control Authority. The project will generate 1,460 MW of which Madhya Pradesh will receive a share. Other states will receive water. Delay in construction will escalate cost,'' the Chief Minister pointed out.

Regarding actors Aamir Khan and Rahul Bose pitching in for a sit-in over this issue, Mr Chouhan said any person in the country was free to take such a step.

UNI

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