The Narmada Control Authority (NCA) has sought the opinion of all the stakeholder states on the Gujarat government's demand to release around 1,500 cubic feet water per second (cusec) on a regular basis.
The Narmada river 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.
"Looking at the environment 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 cusec to be released downstream instead of the current 600 cusec."
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 Maharashtra and Rajasthan, apart from Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. So, they will decide on Gujarat's demands and arrive at a decision shortly and hopefully in the environment's interest," he added.
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