By Accommodation Times Bureau
The state government is pertinent for the construction of a dam on the river Kalu in Thane District. The govt. has applied to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to again start the construction as earlier the proposal was rejected by the Ministry. It is said that the building of the dam begun without necessary sanctions.
Government notified Bombay High Court that they had applied for sanction once more because the dam water is meant for drinking purpose and hence permission should e granted. The proposal states that if the dam is build improvisation of drinking water will be in area such as Mira- Bhayender and Navi- Mumbai. Contrary, MoEF based on the report by its forest Advisory Committee did not allowed building the dam. This was informed to the state government through letter dated July 27. The prime reason of denying the proposal was the area in dam was supposed to constructed falls under the ecologically zone of the Western Ghats and also villages’ which comes under rehabilitation plan, an environment impact assessment report, a technical report on wildlife status and management, a gram sabha resolution for the forest dwellers who have been granted rights under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers Act.
The govt. did not succeed in making room for these documents and Environment ministry closed the case. This decision was dispensed hearing a petition filed by a NGO-Shramik Mukhti Sanghatana that the dam is being built without the permission of forest department , if constructed will take area of 2,100 hectares including 1,000 area of forest land. So a total of 2258.87 hectares of land will submerged in water 787 families will be affected by the project.
Conversely to these govt. states as per the resolution passed on July 9 2009, the construction of the dam started only after the approval was given. Arguing this statement of govt. sanghatana said only when the case moved in the court they had got the permission.
State government has asserted that the affected families will get 7 lakh compensation, 999.32 hectare land is been reserved in BEED district to relocate the forest land. The Kalu dam will store a total capacity of 407.99 MCM of water.