NBA Press Release
  13 April 2006
Save The Narmada, Save Humanity!

We continue 16 days-old fast to save the lives of lakhs of people : Medha Patkar

62, Mahatma Gandhi Road,
Badwani,
Madhya Pradesh - 451551
Tel: 07290-222464
Email: badwani[at]narmada.org

We hear from the media that the committee on Parliamentary affairs, Union of India has declared through Mr Pranab Mukherjee and Mr Safuddin Soz that it has decided to review the decision of the Narmada Control Authority, permitting raising the Sardar Sarovar Dam height to 121.92 m.

This decision is welcome and was bound to happen since the NCA decision is both illegal and inhuman.

We have, however, not received any formal communication from the Government and there is no clarity about the time, modus operandi and the level of the promised review.

The Government would and should have used all legal avenues to review the decision of March 8th before since the dam construction that is completed & is on, has already made partial submergence of many villages, a few thousand families irreversible, in contempt of the Supreme Court.

We have not received any report from the three ministers who visited the valley and met thousands of affected people & heard hundreds of the, although they avoided the areas already affected yet not rehabilitated such as the Adivasi communities in the three states, MP, Maharashtra, Gujarat. We hope they would not breach the trust & break the written promise to make the report public.

We are committed to save the life of lakhs of people whose homes &farms, schools and shops...will be drowned, coming monsoon.

Whatever is achieved due to struggle by the people & our lakhs of supporters need to be taken ahead. We three Jamsingh Bhai & Bhagwati Bai Patidar from the valley & myself continue the fast till the final result and we appeal to the nation & the conscience of the civil society to strive & support till justice accrues.

Medha Patkar