Earlier this year, the height of the Sardar
Sarovar dam was allowed to be raised upto 88m. This was done inspite of the
total failure of the Government to compensate and resettle the affected
tribal communities. In protest against the impending submergence, activists
and residents of the Narmada valley declared that this monsoon, they would
be on satyagraha(a form of non-violent protest). They resolved that
they would stay in their houses and face the submergence waters rather than
move. Due to the release of waters from the upstream dams, the protest sites
were submerged thrice this monsoon. On August 10-11, September 18 and
September 21. In all instances the police arrested the peaceful protesters.
On Sept. 21, after standing in the rising waters for more than 28 hours, the
waters rose upto the necks of the satyagrahis. This was when the police
physically assaulted and arrested the satyagrahis and hundreds of other protestors.
SUBMERGENCE IN THE NARMADA VALLEY
The picture below was taken on Aug 3.
Compare the levels of the yellow banner in the pictures.
Satyagrahis brave the waters
The waters continue to rise...
Some more pictures of Domkhedi satyagraha site (Aug 10th submergence)