Participating states of Narmada project yet to pay Rs 7,000 cr to Gujarat

Participating states of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada project are yet to pay over Rs 7,000 crore to Gujarat, where the dam on Narmada river is located

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Participating states of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada project are yet to pay over Rs 7,000 crore to Gujarat, where the dam on Narmada river is located, the state government informed the legislative Assembly on Thursday.

The three participating states, apart from Gujarat, are Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

Responding to a query by senior Congress MLA Niranjan Patel during Question Hour, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel told the House that the state is yet to recover Rs 7,225.10 crore from the three other participating states towards capital share cost, operations and maintenance cost.

Madhya Pradesh’s dues stand at Rs 4,953.42 crore, followed by Maharashtra’s at Rs 1,715.67 crore and Rs 556.01 crore of Rajasthan, the chief minister, who handles the Narmada portfolio, said in a written reply.

In the last two years, Maharashtra had paid Rs 38.16 crore, while Rs 12.41 crore were given by Rajasthan, Patel said, adding that the Madhya Pradesh government had not paid anything during that period.

To recover the dues from the three states, the state government had made representations in the meetings of the Narmada Control Authority in October 2021 and January 2022, Patel said.

For speedy resolution of the issue, a committee and a sub-group committee, comprising representatives of all the four participating states, have been formed after a representation was made by Gujarat in this regard, the chief minister said.

The Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd has been writing to different concerned authorities of the three other states every month, asking them to clear the dues, he added.

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