Press Release 20, July 1999
SSP WATERS ONLY THREE METERS BELOW THE SATYAGRAHA PLACE IN THE
According to the latest information (noon of 20th July, 1999), the backwaters of the Sardar Sarovar Project in Narmada valley has been rising at a rapid pace with water remaining 3 meters (10 feet) in height and 45 meters short from the Domkhedi Satyagraha places. Similarly at Jalsindhi, the water has been rising. At Hafeshwar, the approach point to the submergence villages and the Satyagraha places of Domkhedi and Jalsindhi the water level was 97 meters. The people in the satyagraha places are determined to face the waters of unjust submergence. From last two days,the fields of the villages like Surung, Bharad (Akrani, Maharashtra) and Ankadiya, Jalsindhi (M.P.) started submerging. The people at both the places are determined to face the submergence even at the cost of their life to save the life and natural resources of the valley, according to the declaration today by Medha Patkar, Baba Muhariya, Luvariya and other satyagrahis.
A large contingent of Maharashtra police had arrived to take 'action' against the satyagrahis. The people have foiled some attempts of police to come near the Satyagraha site. The Madhya Pradesh police is all set to crack down on the Satyagraha. The people made the police to retreat on Monday.
The water level at the damsite on the morning of 20th July was 90.4 meters. The water level is increasing at Badwani (Rajghat) also.
The Narmada valley tribals-peasants are protesting against the forcible submergence and displacement imposed upon by the government. They have decided to challenge the fraud which the government has been playing upon the people and judicial processes. The government has filed false affidavits regarding the resettlement when even the first few villages near the dam site in Gujarat could not be fully resettled. The people are protesting against imposing the submergence, displacement and the dam on them and the people of India. They have demanded the full review of the project with the public hearing and through a new tribunal. They made it clear that allowing the construction on the dam would be the destruction of the valley and the democratic norms of this country.Sanjay Sangvai