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Notice given 30 October 2000

731  Senator Brown: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the 2 to 1 judgement of the Supreme Court of India to allow the Sardar Sarovar project in the Narmada Valley to proceed to completion ‘at the earliest’, and that this will lead to progressive increases in the height of the dam wall to 90 metres and beyond with the agreed consequences of displacing thousands of minority peoples from their ancient living areas against their will, without the promised rights to rehabilitation and despite the drowning of affected environments; and

(b) respectfully calls on the President (Mr Narayanan) and the Prime Minister (Mr Vajpayee) of India to implement the precautionary approach of the minority Judge J Bharuch recommending that further construction ceases until a committee of experts gives it an environmental clearance.