Press Note 1.7.99
Satyagraha Enters 12th Day
More People Reach Satyagraha Hut at Domkhedi and Jalsindhi
Jeevan Yatra Begins
Fast by Medha Patkar and Others from 4th July
Major Decision on 12th July
As the Satyagraha entered the 11th day, more people are arriving
from the villages in valley and all over the country. The atmosphere has
changed as the satyagrahis get into various activities. Rallies were
taken out with tribal villages ready for the battle. Hundreds of
men, women and children marched to the police camps in Bharad, Nimgavan
and Domkhedi (all in Maharashtra). The police, few in numbers, were
searched about the running waters and expressed helplessness in saving
the people if water submerge their homes. In a few places, the police
camps will be the first to submerge.
People will be marching towards the Jalsindhi Police camp (M.P.) to ask
them of the purpose of their stay there and their readiness to take/do
relief actions once the flood comes.
Hundreds will be coming together, not only from the Satpudas, Vindhyas
and Nimad, but from throughout the country, at Domkhedi on 4th July for
a mass meeting before the beginning of fast by a cadre of Satyagrahis
including Medha Patkar and field representatives from 4th to 12th July.
People are looking forward for a major announcement on July 12th on
the next phase of the struggle.
Meanwhile, a march by 50 activists from Manibeli to Domkhedi, known as
Jeevan Yatra has started by foot and boat on 29th June with
representatives from many parts of the Narmada Valley and other states.
This march is engaged in mobilisation and public awareness programs in all
major villages like Chimalkhedi, Danel, Pipalchop, Bharad, Sikka, etc.
and will reach Domkhedi on the 3rd after covering about 16 villages along
the Narmada Valley.
At the same time the rains upstream is flooding the valley foot by
foot. In a couple of weeks from today, the dam water will
flood the houses and fields of a large number of families anywhere
upto 50-60 villages in three states. The injustice of the system, the
falsehood and insensitivity of the state will be encountered by the
determination and commitment of the people to save their lives, their
livelihood and the rich Narmada valley at any cost.
Narmada Bachao Andolan