Narmada Valley Hunger Strike Attacked: Medha Patkar And Four Others Arrested

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 Environmental Protection | August 07, 2017

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New Delhi | August 07, 2017 : In response to Indefinite fast led by 11 Sardar Sarovar Dam affected people and Medha Patkar in Chikhalda, Dhar District, Madhya Pradesh, India, Govt of Madhya Pradesh send police forces in thousands and attacked the peaceful meeting going on there around 6 PM Today. There was no attempt to talk to the protesters sitting on fast against the illegal and unjust drowning and forceful eviction of more than 40000 families in Narmada Valley residing there without complete and just rehabilitation. For last 12 days govt made no effort to have any dialogue and started raising panic about their deteriorating health, no attempt at any dialogue.Read More »

What Gujarat govt calls ‘historic’, could be catastrophic for 1,00,000 villagers

by Jitendra

Down To Earth | June 19, 2017


                    Protests gather pace across Narmada Valley after the Supreme Court allows the Sardar Sarovar Dam
to operate at its full capacity and asks the government to relocate all affected families by July 31 (Courtesy: Narmada bachao andolan)
 Protests gather pace across Narmada Valley after the Supreme Court allows the Sardar Sarovar Dam to operate at its full capacity and asks the government to relocate all affected families by July 31 (Courtesy: Narmada bachao andolan)

Down to Earth Editor’s Note: Fifty-six years after the foundation stone for the Sardar Sarovar dam on the River Narmada was laid the Gujarat government got permission from the Centre to shut its gates. While 30 gates of the dam have been closed, it will open the gates of misery for more than 100,000 people, whose houses and land are likely to get submerged. Down To Earth visited villages near the dam to find out their concerns.

Utter chaos reigns over at least 176 villages and Dharampuri town in Narmada Valley. Every day, revenue officials, accompanied by platoons of police and armed with a Supreme Court order, visit these places in  and Dhar districts of Madhya Pradesh and ask the residents to vacate their houses, shops, farmland, pasture land and places of worship by July 31. “Some officials even threaten that they would unleash water from the Sardar Sarovar Dam on our villages if we do not relocate by the said date,” says Vijay Marola of Nasirpur village in Dhar.

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Urgent Appeal by Sudhir Vombatkere: Urgent Appeal For Social Justice In The Narmada River Valley

Frontier | May 12, 2017

From:
Maj Gen S.G.Vombatkere, VSM (Retd) <sg9kere@live.com>;
475, 7th Main Road
Vijayanagar 1st Stage
Mysuru-570017; Karnataka

To:
Hon’ble Mr. Justice Madan Lokur
Presiding Judge, Social Justice Bench
Hon’ble Supreme Court of India
New Delhi

ADVANCE COPY BY E-MAIL TO: <supremecourt@nic.in>; <supremecourt@hub.nic.in>;

Subject: Urgent Appeal For Social Justice In The Narmada River Valley

Hon’ble Sir,

Respectful Greetings from an ordinary citizen of our Republic!

I have traveled in the valley of the Narmada River and observed at first hand, how the people, mostly Adivasis and Dalits, have been displaced from their homes and lands and livelihoods by an uncaring and corrupt bureaucracy. Whatever little relief that a small percentage of the Project Affected Families (PAFs) have received has been only at the hands of the Judiciary.Read More »

People of Narmada Valley created 10 Km long Human Chain against any decision to close the dam gates

Without complete rehabilitation, closing of dam gates is unacceptable

Press Release: NAPM, Badwani, 8 May 2017

Frontier | May 09, 2017

Thousands of people from Narmada valley, to be affected by Sardar Sarovar Project created a Human Chain on the borders of living village communities and on the banks of the river, protesting against any decision to close the dam gates.

The Dam, now having reached the height of 139 meters with gates erected but not yet closed will submerge 244 villages from 3 states; 192 villages from 1 township from Madhya Pradesh. With 31 years struggle 15,000 families are rehabilitated but least in Madhya Pradesh and 40,000 and more families live in the original villages. Today, 5000 of them, women, men, children, farmers, fishermen, potterers and labours came on the streets and formed a human chain.

People after 3 years in hottest sun, blocked the Rajghat Bridge on the river, holding a public meeting. Blue flags and banners, the people have challenged the Governments, especially MP and the centre, that they can’t drown and destroy their life and livelihood. In total violation of law and the past as well as the latest order of the Supreme Court.Read More »

Hundreds Of People From The Narmada Valley To Observe Fast

Hundreds of people from the Narmada Valley will observe Fast ( Chetavni Upvas) from 27th to 29th April, 2016 in Bhopal.

Countercurrents | 25 April, 2016

Dear Friends / Comrades,

Greetings!

As you are all well aware of the 30 years long struggle of the Sardar Sarovar Project affected people of the Narmada Valley. We have also received support and solidarity from each one of you in one or the other way throughout the critical times of the struggle. Now, the time has come again that together we challenge the preparations made by those in power and involved in corruption, to drown thousands of families in years old civilization of the Narmada Valley. The question of Narmada is linked to the various people’s movements of the country and vice-versa.Read More »