Indore : In a major relief to farmers affected by incomplete canal work of Omkareshwar and Indira Sagar projects, Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court on Tuesday ruled that the farmers are facing crop loss for last few years due to water-logging and dumping of muck be compensated at the earliest.“The compensation amounts should be given as the provision of new Land Acquisition Act of 2014,” said a double bench of Chief Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Shantanu Kemkar while hearing a case filed against incomplete canal works.
The court passed this order on suggestion report submitted by Narmada Bachoa Andolan leader Medha Patkar and officials of Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA).
About 1.46 lakh hectare land is affected due to incomplete canal work of Omkareshwar project and about 1.30 lakh hectare land due to incomplete canal work of Indira Sagar project.
On being informed that the projects do not have disaster management plan (DMP), the court instructed the NVDA to come up with detailed DMP.
The court also directed NVDA to share micro plan of Command Area Development (CAD) with the local villagers within a week time and incorporate the suggestions.
Identify water logging areas
The court directed NVDA to carryout identify villages facing serious water logging. The NVDA has been directed to carryout inspections in the villages along with NBA activists and villagers from June 26 and suggest what to be done to control the rain woes during the coming monsoon. During the hearing Patkar raised the issue of menace of malaria in the Narmada Valley due to water-logging caused following incomplete canal works. The HC directed NVDA to prepare detail malaria plan before upcoming monsoon and strictly monitor the epidemic and take required action.
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