Ahmedabad, Apr 20 (UNI) Former Gujarat Narmada Minister and Executive Chairman of Narmada Abhiyaan, Jaynarayan Vyas has urged Chief Minister Narendra Modi to gear up his state machinery to counter the anti-Narmada tactics of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar, whose sole aim is to stop the construction works of Sardar Sarovar Project.
In a letter written to Mr Modi, a copy of which was made available to UNI here today, Mr Vyas has cautioned the Chief Minister that Ms Patkar has taken the battle from emotional front of 'fast unto death', to mental sphere with negative propaganda through eletronic and print media, to create an atmosphere in NBA's favour.
Mr Vyas, who is being considered an authority on Narmada issue, has also suggested that the Gujarat government should take up the rehabilitation works on a war-footing and propagate it on a day-to-day basis through print and eletronic media to counter the NBA's negative statements.
He also emphasised that any hurdles posed by NBA activists at any level in rehabilitation works, should also be highlighted at proper level and documented with appropriate authroties to expose Ms Patkar and her activists, who have just one intention of preventing further increase in dam height.
Mr Modi should also form a high-powered committee with representatives from Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh governments to review and monitor the rehabilitation works every fortnight to ensure it is achieved in the stipulated time frame.
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