MARDANA RESOLUTION

We, the people's representatives viz. the Sarpanches, Panches and Janpad representatives of the villages affected by the Maheshwar Project, belonging to Barwah, Maheshwar and Kasravad tehsils of the Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh, who have been recently elected in February, 2000, have gathered together today in Village Mardana, Tehsil Barwah, District Khargone on the 17th of February, 2000, and pass the following resolution unanimously :

That whereas the cost of power produced by the Maheshwar Hydro-Electric Project will be between Rs. 7-10 per kWh at the point of production and may cost the consumer upto Rs.15 per kWh, it is clear to us that this electricity will be outside the reach of any farmer or common city dweller and it will not be possible for us to purchase this power.

That whereas the electricity produced by this Project will only be an average of 1.5 hours per day in the 8 non-monsoon months of the year which means that electricity will not be available when it is most required for the consumers.

That whereas the Madhya Pradesh government is bound to give the private company, S. Kumars, approximately Rs. 500 crores per annum as per the deemed generation clause of the Power Purchase Agreement signed with the company, even when electricity actually produced is less than the deemed amount and even when the electricity is so expensive that it cannot be purchased by anybody.

That whereas according to the Report of the government, to make this payment to the private company, the government will have to stop subsidized electricity to the farmer, stop free single-light connections to the poor, and increase tariffs of electricity, it is clear that homes will be plunged into darkness and the agricultural production of the country will fall and we will become dependent on other countries for food production.

That whereas despite and in clear violation of the land-for-land stipulation of the rehabilitation policy of the Madhya Pradesh government for the oustees of Narmada Projects, and the conditional Environmental Clearance of the Central government, and the Implementation and Rehabilitation agreements between the government and the private company, not a single affected farmer has been given or shown a single square inch of cultivable, irrigable land.

That whereas the pouring of silt on the rocky and barren lands of the village Samraj has only demonstrated the complete failure of the rehabilitation program and now the interests of the people are sought to be disposed of by making attempts to give them cash compensation.

And that whereas the condition of the Environmental clearance of the Central Ministry of Environment and Forests stipulates that the thousands of Kevats, Kahars, Harijans and Mankars as well as other workers who live by sand quarrying, fishing, draw-down agriculture and boat plying in these villages be rehabilitated on the basis of a land package, and the report of the Task Force constituted by the Madhya Pradesh government to review the Project has recommended that the landless families must be rehabilitated with 5 acres of land per family, the Madhya Pradesh government has not modified its Rehabilitation policy to make the relevant inclusion till date nor has it identified such cultivable land for all these landless families.

Whereas thousands of acres of completely irrigated black cotton soils have either been shown as unirrigated in government documents or that the assessment of irrigation has not been done, and whereas there are scores of sand quarries on the banks of the river on which thousands of families are dependent and which yields an annual output of 40 to 50 crores of rupees which have not been assessed, therefore benefits and costs of the Project have been wrongly assessed and if this Project is reassessed properly the costs will be found to be much more than the benefits.

Whereas apart from the 40,000 affected people from the 61 affected villages of the Maheshwar Project, thousands of acres of additional, top quality irrigated lands will become severely waterlogged according to a study done by the Madhya Pradesh government, the Government is hiding this fact and is not recognizing the people of these villages as project affected.

Whereas the Task Force constituted by the Madhya Pradesh government itself studied the whole question for 8 months and came to the conclusion that unless a fresh cost-benefit analysis is undertaken which re-establishes the economic viability of the Project, and until the real possibility of rehabilitation based on the actual availability and identification of cultivable land and the principle of community resettlement, land for land as well as land to the landless is established through the creation of a comprehensive rehabilitation plan, all work on the dam must be stopped. Yet the Madhya Pradesh government has ignored these recommendations because it was clear that in a reworking of the cost-benefit analysis the Project would be found to be unviable.

Whereas the investigation team of the Central Ministry of Environment and Forests found and noted in their Report that the open violations of the conditions of the legally binding environmental clearance and that there is no arrangement for the rehabilitation of the people by the Maheshwar dam.

It has become clear to us from all the above that the Maheshwar Hydroelectric Project will not only submerge Nimad and disperse all the communities living in this area for generations but will become the basis of the loot of the common people of the state and this country. This Project will lead to economic enslavement of this country. That is why we demand from all related parties, the state and central government that

  1. The Environmental And Techno-economic clearances given by this Project to the government be immediately revoked.
  2. Today when it is clear that the Maheshwar Hydroelectric Project is destructive in all aspects and that this Project will not only submerge our area but also be the cause of the loot of the state and the nation, this Project must be immediately scrapped and the alternative energy options detailed in the Report of the Task Force constituted by the Madhya Pradesh government be immediately implemented.

We believe that in a democracy the state will have to abide by the decisions of the people. Work on this dam cannot be continued on the basis of repression, violations of common law, fraud and the misuse of money. All of us, people's representatives, elected by the people, under the aegis of Panchayati Raj, completely oppose this Project and extend our full support to the struggle of the people of this area against this dam.

Name of representative Panchayat represented Position
1Jagdish MoraniaBarwahMember of Legislative Assembly
2Shankarlal Habbuji PatidarDhargaonDistrict representative
3Trilokibai w/o Mohan RokhreNandraDistrict representative
4ThakurlalBakawaDistrict representative
5Kalabai w/o Ramesh Chandra PatidarSulgaonJanpath representative
6Sheruji s/o Ramaji RandwaBhattyanJanpath representative
7Amarsingh PatelPipalgonJanpath representative
8Shankar Singh RanchhodPathradJanpath representative
9SigdarJaludSarpanch
10AsharamJaludUpsarpanch
11RadheshamJaludPanch
12SukhdevJaludPanch
13AshabaiJaludPanch
14SajanbaiJaludPanch
15Naklya BholuSulgaonSarpanch
16Laxman PatidarSulgaonUpsarpanch
17LaliyaSulgaonPanch
18Hariram PatidarSulgaonPanch
19Bharat PatelSulgaonPanch
20AnnapoornabaiSulgaonPanch
21Kailash PatidarSulgaonPanch
22DineshSulgaonPanch
23MotiyaSulgaonPanch
24MohanSulgaonPanch
25RameshSulgaonPanch
26BhursinghSulgaonPanch
27MewalalSulgaonPanch
28MangibaiSulgaonPanch
29NanduSulgaonPanch
30BhagwatibaiSulgaonPanch
31Ramchandra s/o MangilalPathradUpsarpanch
32Dinesh s/o Laxman jiPathradPanch
33TarabaiPathradPanch
34VersinghPathradPanch
35Ramesh PatelPathradPanch
36ShobharamPathradPanch
37SamotibaiPathradPanch
38NanibaiPathradPanch
39Nandlibai w/o VersinghPathradPanch
40Akelabai w/o Hussain KhanPathradPanch
41Radhesham SomlaPathradPanch
42Bhagwansingh NaharsinghBehegaonSarpanch
43Hukum NaharsinghBehegaonUpsarpanch
44Chainsingh NaharsinghBehegaonPanch
45Dhansingh NaharsinghBehegaonPanch
46Mangilal BhagwanBehegaonPanch
47Basantibai ChainsinghBehegaonPanch
48Nainsingh NaharsinghBehegaonPanch
49Ajudhyabai ServanBehegaonPanch
50Amarsingh s/o NaharsinghBehegaonPanch
51Nanibai w/o NaharsinghBehegaonPanch
52Padambhai Patel s/o MotesinghBehegaonPanch
53Hiralal s/o GyanchandBehegaonPanch
54Shivnarayan s/o HiralalBehegaonPanch
55Radhesham s/o MangilalBehegaonPanch
56Gajraj GhisalalBehegaonPanch
57Manjulabai JagdishBehegaonPanch
58Kanchanbai MahadevBehegaonPanch
59Sham BalaBehegaonPanch
60Sonabai ApsinghBehegaonPanch
61Apsingh PuniyaBehegaonPanch
62Bhuriya UmraoBehegaonPanch
63BudibaiSejgaonSarpanch
64BhagwansinghSejgaonUpsarpanch
65BhikajiSejgaonPanch
66HarisinghSejgaonPanch
67JamnabaiSejgaonPanch
68BasantibaiSejgaonPanch
69HariramSejgaonPanch
70GhisalalSejgaonPanch
71HukumchandSejgaonPanch
72SukajiSejgaonPanch
73SadashivSejgaonPanch
74RadhasinghSejgaonPanch
75GalibaiSejgaonPanch
76PyaribaiSejgaonPanch
77MayabaiLepaSarpanch
78Anandram KevatLepaUpsarpanch
79Marubai KevatLepaPanch
80DwarkiyaLepaPanch
81NilabaiLepaPanch
82Gabruji BabaLepaPanch
83Rajaram KaharLepaPanch
84Bhagirath BharudLepaPanch
85Raju KevatLepaPanch
86LobheramjiLepaPanch
87MilibaiLepaPanch
88UshabaiLepaPanch
89LilabaiLepaPanch
90MotiramjiLepaPanch
91Nathu KevatLepaPanch
92KeshavjiLepaPanch
93Premlata VardeLepaPanch
94ReshambaiAmlathaSarpanch
95HariAmlathaUpsarpanch
96BalramsinghAmlathaPanch
97BharatsinghAmlathaPanch
98TikamsinghAmlathaPanch
99ShankarsinghAmlathaPanch
100SohansinghAmlathaPanch
101ShriramAmlathaPanch
102BhupendrasinghAmlathaPanch
103RajaramAmlathaPanch
104NanuramAmlathaPanch
105GajanandAmlathaPanch
106MehtabsinghAmlathaPanch
107TulsiramAmlathaPanch
108RukmanibaiAmlathaPanch
109ShardabaiAmlathaPanch
110GogalbaiAmlathaPanch
111MishrilaljiBhattyanSarpanch
112Pyarsingh ChauhanBhattyanUpsarpanch
113JamnabaiBhattyanPanch
114Bhagvan BirlaBhattyanPanch
115KeshrilalBhattyanPanch
116MeherbanBhattyanPanch
117Madan GinareBhattyanPanch
118KapurchandBhattyanPanch
119Ashok RathodBhattyanPanch
120Narayan HariBhattyanPanch
121KashibaiBhattyanPanch
122Bhagvan AnjanyaBhattyanPanch
123NathibaiBhattyanPanch
124Dinesh RandwaBhattyanPanch
125AnarbaiBhattyanPanch
126KusumbaiBhattyanPanch
127Indersingh PatelBhattyanPanch
128Mahesh BhatoreBhattyanPanch
129Vazir KhanBhagyapurSarpanch
130Bhuvaniram PatodaBhagyapurUpsarpanch
131Lachhiram PatodaBhagyapurPanch
132Bhagirath NagrajBhagyapurPanch
133Kalabai ShoreBhagyapurPanch
134Pujan YadavBhagyapurPanch
135Rashid KhanBhagyapurPanch
136Narayan YadavBhagyapurPanch
137KamlabaiBhagyapurPanch
138Ramakant ParsaiPipalgon *Sarpanch
139Kailash MoriPipalgonUpsarpanch
140Kailash MinaPipalgonPanch
141Pandari MaliPipalgonPanch
142NanuramPipalgonPanch
143TikaramPipalgonPanch
144DulichandPipalgonPanch
145Ramsingh MandloiMardanaSarpanch
146Kashiram ChauhanMardanaUpsarpanch
147SundarbaiMardanaPanch
148UrmilabaiMardanaPanch
149GendabaiMardanaPanch
150Radhesham RandwaMardanaPanch
151Kishorsingh MandloiMardanaPanch
152Devram MandloiMardanaPanch
153Gajanand MandloiMardanaPanch
154Sheru VermaMardanaPanch
155MangibaiMardanaPanch
156Nanaji BhalseMardanaPanch
157Hukumchnad BhalseMardanaPanch
158Sajju VermaMardanaPanch
159Sanjay NigamMardanaPanch
160SalitabaiMardanaPanch
161GitabaiMardanaPanch
162RameshwarMardanaPanch
163DwarkilalMardanaPanch
164ShivkaranjiPitnagarSarpanch
165NarayanPitnagarUpsarpanch
166BasantibaiPitnagarPanch
167Mitthu VermaPitnagarPanch
168Harikaran ChaudharyPitnagarPanch
169Sham Kuwar baiPitnagarPanch
170Shriram BirlaPitnagarPanch
171GulabchandjiPitnagarPanch
172Mohan MangriyaPitnagarPanch
173JagdishPitnagarPanch
174TarachandPitnagarPanch
175BokharPitnagarPanch
176Pemaji s/o GappujiBhogava SipaniSarpanch
177Anusuya w/o RadheshamBhogava SipaniUpsarpanch
178Jasubai w/o SardarBhogava SipaniPanch
179Larki w/o BhagwanBhogava SipaniPanch
180Chhagan VaniyaBhogava SipaniPanch
181Kalyansingh PatelBhogava SipaniPanch
182Gabu s/o MangilalBhogava SipaniPanch
183Gyanchand s/o RajaramBhogava SipaniPanch
184Kashiram s/o NathuBhogava SipaniPanch
185Laxman s/o NathuBhogava SipaniPanch
186Biharilal s/o RatanBhogava SipaniPanch
187Bhuribai w/o KarwajiBhogava SipaniPanch
188Nathu s/o RamajiBhogava SipaniPanch
189Premlal PatelBhogava SipaniPanch
190Devram PuriAliSarpanch
191LobhesinghAliUpsarpanch
192ChhaganlalAliPanch
193PremlalAliPanch
194GendalalAliPanch
195Nathu ChanderAliPanch
196KarwajiAliPanch
197Kamlabai w/o NawalsinghAliPanch
198KarwajiAliPanch
199Mangtibai w/o Gajraj SinghAliPanch
200Bandhibai w/o ThakurAliPanch
201Dhulesingh TomarAliPanch
202Devensingh s/o Vijaysingh TomarAliPanch
203Sukhram VermaAliPanch
204Rukru ChamarAliPanch
205Jamnabai w/o Ramu KevatAliPanch
206Salokibai w/o Karwaji PatelKhedi Sarpanch
207Gopilal KaharKhediUpsarpanch
208Radhesham PawarKhediPanch
209Nilabai w/o Jagannath PatelKhediPanch
210Nilabai Patel w/o Naharu PatelKhediPanch
211Laxman MukatiKhediPanch
212Premlal PatelKhediPanch
213Karwaji Patel s/o Sitaram PatelKhediPanch
214Laxmibai w/o Amarsingh NahatamKhediPanch
215Rusibai w/o BaliaKhediPanch
216Rajaram s/o BondarKhediPanch
217Mishrilal BirlaKhediPanch
218Rameshwar BirlaKhediPanch
219ShivramKhediPanch
220Salitabai w/o BaliramKhediPanch
221Ansubai w/o RameshKhediPanch
222Laxman RandwaKhediPanch
223Kalu LacchiramKhediPanch
224Ramkuwarbai w/o RadheshamKhediPanch
225Karsan AnjaneKhediPanch
226RameshwarBakawaSarpanch
227JagdishBakawaUpsarpanch
228DurgaramBakawaPanch
229Laxmi NarayanBakawaPanch
230AnokhchandBakawaPanch
231Mukesh YogiBakawaPanch
232Devram MurarsinghBakawaPanch
233Shriramji ShahBakawaPanch
234TrilokibaiBakawaPanch
235GirjabaiBakawaPanch
236BhuvanibaiBakawaPanch
237SalitabaiBakawaPanch
238JagdishBakawaPanch
239Gangaram JiratiRatanpur *Sarpanch
240Anokh SinghRatanpurUpsarpanch
241Raghunath SinghRatanpurPanch
242NaharujiRatanpurPanch
243HarikaranRatanpurPanch
244SitaramRatanpurPanch
245Chanchla baiRatanpurPanch
246Bhagwati baiRatanpurPanch
247Dariya SinghRatanpurPanch
248Tulsi baiRatanpurPanch
249Neela baiRatanpurPanch
250AmarsinghSemarlaSarpanch
251Amarsingh RajaramSemarlaPanch
252RadheshamSemarlaPanch
253Sumanbai MohanlalSemarlaPanch
254Karvaji ChampalalSemarlaPanch
255Parubai JivanSemarlaPanch
256Bharatbhai MangilalSemarlaPanch
257TrilokchandSemarlaPanch
258Santoshbai ManoharSemarlaPanch
259Nabu baiSemarlaPanch
260Sajan baiGangatkhediSarpanch
261SurajmalGangatkhediUpsarpanch
262KailashjiGangatkhediPanch
263LeelabaiGangatkhediPanch
264RamsinghjiGangatkhediPanch
265NeelabaiGangatkhediPanch
266Ballu BokharjiGangatkhediPanch
267AnandramKatgharaSarpanch
268Sagar baiKatgharaPanch
269Nani baiKatgharaPanch
270Basu baiKatgharaPanch
271Nandram MohanKatgharaPanch
272Bhagwansingh JalamsinghKatgharaPanch
273Sumersingh DashrathsinghKatgharaPanch
274KarwajiKatgharaPanch
275Karsan SukhlalKatgharaPanch
276Kamla baiMorallaSarpanch
277BhairamMorallaPanch
278MangilalMorallaPanch
279Champa baiMorallaPanch
280Rajal baiMorallaPanch
281Salag RamMorallaPanch
282Balliram PatelMorallaPanch
283Savitri baiMorallaPanch
284Gulabchand PatelMorallaPanch
285Devram PatelMortakkaSarpanch
286Gulab baiMortakkaUpsarpanch
287Bhagvat baiMortakkaPanch
288TotaramMortakkaPanch
289Devram DhiraMortakkaPanch
290NanaMortakkaPanch
291PyarelalMortakkaPanch
292Parvati baiMortakkaPanch
293NanuramMortakkaPanch
294Anand baiMortakkaPanch
295Mukesh PalMortakkaPanch
296Taruman ThakurMortakkaPanch

NOTE:

  1. Pipalgon and Ratanpur villages will be severely waterlogged due to the Maheshwar Project.
  2. The panchayats which have several submergence villages under them are as follows:
Name of Panchayat Names of submergence villages
represented by Panchyat
Jalud Jalud
Sulgaon Sulgaon
Pathrad Pathrad, Gogava, Chirakhan
Behegaon Behegaon
Sejgaon Sejgaon, Pandyatghatkhedi
Lepa Lepa
Amlatha Amlatha
Bhattyan Bhattyan, Malgaon
Bhagyapur Bhagyapur, Sasawad, Teliyan
Pipalgon Pipalgon
Mardana Mardana, Nagawa
Pitnagar Pitnagar
Bhogava Sipani Bhogava Sipani, Kakriya
Ali Ali
Khedi Khedi, Raver
Bakawa Bakawa
Ratanpur Ratanpur, Belsar
Semarla Semarla
Gangatkhedi Gangatkhedi
Katghara Katghara
Moralla Moralla
Mortakka Mortakka