Saturday, July 31, 1999
Arundhati Roy to lead 'Rally for Valley'
INDORE: Around 250 artists, writers and
journalists, led by Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy, would
participate in a week-long 'Rally for Valley' against the
Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) to begin from here tomorrow, reports PTI.
Jabhua district collector Wasim Akhtar told PTI that
administration in Khargaon, Badwani and Jhabua districts
through which the activists would pass to reach Jalsindhi, has
been put on high alert to prevent any untoward incident as
they would address public meetings and organise cultural
programmes along the route.
He said since the Narmada river was in spate, the
district administration has summoned divers, made arrangements
for life jackets and motorboats at Kakarana village from where
Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) activists would cover a distance
of 40 kms to Jalsindhi in Jabhua district by boat.
A senior police official said travelling by boat was
risky with the rains showing no sign of abating. Besides,
there were crocodiles in Narmada near Kakarana village.
Though the organisers of the rally have not given details
about the routes they might take, the activists who are
arriving by buses would have to trek a distance of 15 kms for
reaching Jalsindhi via Mathawada after crossing a bridge.
Bhupal Singh, the collector of Khargaon, from where the
rally would entre the Narmada valley told PTI that Arundhati
Roy would address a public meeting at Patharad village and
take a halt at Maheshwar. He said police had made elaborate
arrangements to prevent any untoward incident in view of the
pro-dam sentiment prevailing in the area.