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Stakeholder states' views sought on Gujarat's Narmada water demand

IANS  |  Gandhinagar 

The (NCA) has sought the opinion of all the stakeholder states on the government's demand to release around 1,500 cubic feet water per second (cusec) on a regular basis.

The move comes amid refusal of the government to part with more than 600 -- the quantity currently being released to

The government in Gujarat, led by Vijay Rupani, has asked the NCA for more water from the Narmada downstream than the current outflow.

The apprehends that the water currently being released from the river could damage the coastal and marine

The stretch in Bharuch has already gone dry -- a phenomenon noticed over the last two years -- due to the meagre water being released from the dam.

Talking to the media, Deputy said: "We have asked the NCA to look into our request for the release of more Narmada water...and we need it on permanent basis.

"Looking at the impact it will have on the coastal and marine biodiversity, it is necessary that more water be released. We have asked the NCA for around 1,500 to be released downstream instead of the current 600 "

According to Patel, the environmental sub-group under the NCA will decide on the state's demand.

"The environmental sub-group comprises members from all the stakeholders states like and Rajasthan, apart from and So, they will decide on Gujarat's demands and arrive at a decision shortly and hopefully in the environment's interest," he added.

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 21:20 IST
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