Patkar's condition remains serious

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New Delhi, Apr 17 (UNI) The condition of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar and two of her associates Jamsingh Nargave and Bhagwatiben Patidar, who have been on a hunger strike for 20 days now, continued to be serious today.

''Their condition is very worrisome... its 20 days since they have eaten,'' NBA activist Vipin Bhai said.

NBA activists have been staging a sit-in here at Jantar Mantar for 31 days today in protest against the decision of the Narmada Control Authority to raise the height of the Sardar Sarovar Dam.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court today said it would have no option but to stop the ongoing construction of the Sardar Sarovar Dam if relief and rehabilitation measures to be provided to the oustees were found inadequate.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Y K Sabharwal, Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice S B Sinha while adjourning the hearing to May 1, declined to stop the ongoing construction work till the next date of hearing.

The NBA will decide its future course of action later in the evening.

''It is premature at the moment to say anything on the Supreme Court decision... we are studying the documents and will decided our next step later,'' Vipin Bhai said.

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