SATYAGRAHIS PREPARED TO FACE SUBMERGENCE
WATER LEVEL STABILISES AT TWO FEET BELOW SATYAGRAHA HOUSE.
Organizations Demand Implementation of Daud Committee Recommendations
The rising waters of Sardar Sarovar reservoir stopped barely two to four
feet away from the Satyagraha huts of Domkhedi & Jalsindhi, as the
Satyagrahis prepared themselves to face the rising waters. The Satyagraha,
started on the 5th of July at Domkhedi & Jalsindhi against the displacement
and submergence due to the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) entered the
fifteenth day, while the ones started at Kasaravad (SSP affected) on July
9th and the one started at Khedi village (Maan Dam affected) on July 2nd
have entered 12th and 19th day respectively.
Number of organizations and prominent persons in Maharashtra have demanded
that the state governments must accept and implement the recommendations of
the Justice (Retd) Daud Committee on the displacement and resettlement and
stop any further construction on the dam. Former state Minister Bhai
Vaidya, noted legal expert Dr. S.P. Sathe, senior journalist Ms. Vidya Bal,
human rights activists R.P. Nene and hundreds of people sent this
memorandum to the Chief Minister. Among other things, the Committee clearly
indicated that resettlement of those affected at 90 m. is yet to be
completed due to the non-availability of land. It has recommended that the
Government should not accept any proposal to raise the height of the dam
beyond its existing height of 90 (ninety) meters until all problems are
solved. The people signed this memorandum in daylong dharna held in Pune on
July 12, in support of the Satyagraha.
In Kerala, renowned litterateurs and artists held a daylong fast in support
of Satyagraha. They include, Smt. Sugathakumari, famous Malayalam poetess,
Sri. K.V.Surendra Nath (Ex. M.P), Padmasree O.N.V.Kurup, Dr. R.V.G. Menon,
scientist, Sri. K.E.Mamman (Veteran Freedom Fighter) and many other
cultural leaders. Several organisations like the Kerala Shastra Sahitya
Parishad, Prakrithi Samrakshana Samithi, Greens, Warblers and Waders,
Sthreevedi, National Fishworker's Forum, SEWA, the National Alliance of
People's Movements and World Wildlife Fund participated in the protest.
In Srilanka, members of the Friends of the Third World, a coalition of
People's Organisations, Trade Unions and NGOs, held a demonstration in
front of the Indian High Commission. In a memorandum submitted to the High
Commissioner, The High Commissioner of India, they said. ".....we hereby
express our strong protest to the Indian government for its undue delay in
bringing justice to those people affected by the Narmada dam, call upon
also to protect their right to life and resources of livelihoods and pursue
a more humane model of development".