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India's Supreme Court Rules Dam Construction Can Continue

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India's Supreme Court has ruled that work on a controversial dam should continue, but it says the government must ensure that all people displaced by the work are compensated.

The Sardar Sarovar Dam is being raised an additional 12 meters to supply more water for irrigation and power generation from the Narmada River. Supporters say the project is necessary to help people in three parched states (Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat). This work on the dam will displace more than 25-thousand people.

On Sunday, the office of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh issued a statement saying he is studying the dam issue.

On Saturday, a six-member committee failed to reach consensus on continuing the construction. The committee chair said that because of the tie vote, he would recommend suspension of work to the prime minister.

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