An invitation from NBA,
You must have read about the decision taken by the Narendra Modi led NDA government to raise the height of the Sardar Sarovar Dam. While there are thousands of families in the 177 villages of Madhya Pradesh alone and hundreds of families in the adivasi villages of Maharashtra and Gujarat who are “affected at 122 meters-the present height of the Dam”, the Union and the state government can’t carry further construction at the dam ! This being the legal position and the mandate of ‘No submergence without full rehabilitation of any family’ as well as compliance on environmental conditions, the decision is illegal! It is in violation of the Narmada Tribunal Award and many judgments.
The NDA Government is taking resort to certain decisions by official bodies, but with false claims like “All project-affected are rehabilitated”, “back water levels are changed and hence there will be no additional submergence”, that the “17 meters high gates will be erected but kept open”… etc. The decision is made without taking cognizance of the massive corruption in rehabilitation, with the enquiry on indicating no rehabilitation of thousands.
The villages with pucca houses, shops, schools, temples, mosques…green fields with best of agriculture and horticulture, need to be visited and seen to believe….and to say NO to Submergence without rehabilitation and hence to raising the Dam further when no alternative land and livelihood is offered to thousands of farmers, fish-workers, potters, labourers.
The undemocratic and illegal push to this project is to intimidate those who have struggled for last 29 years for their rights, exposing the untruth and destruction to corruption, illegalities and irregularities. Adivasis without alternative land…fishworkers without right to fisheries (except in Maharashtra)… farmers cheated with fake registries….will have to face the challenge, but only with your support.
We, therefore, invite you to the Narmada Valley to meet the people, visit the villages and a township to assess the reality versus fake claims.
Supporters from across India are earnestly requested to be with us on 23rd- 24th -25th of August. There will also be a mass rally on one day in Badwani, and visit to hilly adivasi community, to be marched by boat….There will also be a meeting to discuss and decide.
Do reach Badwani on 22nd evening onwards or 23rd early morning, via Indore/Khandwa/Dhule/Baroda… and plan to return from Baroda on the 25th night.
It is critical time….an enormous challenge and your support will be the most valuable. Do confirm by a letter, e-mail or phone at the earliest.
For Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA), Meera Bahen Bhagirath Kamla Yadav Kailash Awasya Medha Patkar
Contact: +91 9179148973 (Meera), NBA –Badwani, +91 9826811982 (Mukesh), NBA-Badwani +91 9423571784 (Suniti S. R.), NBA/NAPM-Pune +91 9818823252 (Kanika), NAPM, Delhi