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Tribals to launch unique Satyagraha from June 20
Bhopal, June 5 (HT Correspondent)

Thousands of tribals living in the submerged areas of the Sardar Sarovar Project dams in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra are preparing to “take on the adverse living conditions” this monsoon.

The residents have decided to face the adverse circumstances without running away from their generations-old houses.

The gushing waters of the river might leave most of them stranded, but that does stop these brave people from struggling. The Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) clarified this today.

Addressing a Press Conference, NBA activist Medha Patkar said tribals and peasants of the affected areas are all set to launch a unique Satyagraha from June 20 in Domkhedi (Nandurbar, Maharashtra) and Jalsindhi (Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh).

As part of their fight, these underprivileged people are not going to move even an inch from their houses. Charging the State Governments of furnishing wrong information to the Supreme Court, Ms Patkar said the NBA, along with other Human Rights organisations and legal luminaries, would protest the rise in dam height.

She said this has seriously affected the residents of the areas since no alternate land has been made available to them in either states.

“It is going to be an unprecedented Satyagraha by the project-affected people” Ms Patkar announced, adding that approximately 2,500 families would be directly affected by the early monsoons this year.

Ms Patkar said the false claims of the Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra Governments about availability of land, have now been thoroughly exposed and there is an alarming anguish among the families affected by the projects due to this.

The activist added that this year’s submergence would be in violation of the Narmada Tribunal which had ruled that the people of the area would be rehabilitated by the respective governments one full year before the submergence time.

In this case, it has not been done as of today with submergence only two months away, Ms Medha Patkar said.


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