NBA Press Release
  15 June 2007
Save The Narmada, Save Humanity!

Submergence Without Resettlement in Gunjari: Satyagraha Commences

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It's just the second day of the reservoir filling and water has already started entering houses which did not undergo land-aquisition process in village Gunjari. Project affected people have started Satyagraha. Seven women are sitting in rising water. It is evident from this submergence that false affidavits were filed in the Supreme Court. At the same time the timetable announced by the state government has also been grossly violated. Thousands of project affected persons from Omkareshwar and Indira Sagar dam are continuing their Dharna in Khandwa and the indefinite hunger strike has entered the tenth day.

In the affidavit filed by the state government and NHDC during Supreme Court hearing, it was clearly stated that 22 families of Gunjari village are way above even the backwater level at 189 metre submergence. So there is no way they would be submerged. But water entered Shri Radheshyam's house as the water level rose to 182 meter. It is evident that false affidavits have been filed in the Supreme Court.

Not only this, state government had given permission on 28th March 2007 on the condition that water level would be increased upto 189 meters in stages. According to this time table water level was to increase upto Crest level (179.6) in five days, but water was raised to this level within one day. Water was to be filled only during day time but it is being done during night as well. Hence once again the affidavit filed in the Supreme Court is being violated.

Satyagraha has been taken up in village Gunjari against this illegal and inhuman submergence. People have gathered from all over and seven women are sitting in the rising water.

And the indefinite hunger strike has entered 10th day during the Dharna by thousands of project affected people of Indira Sagar and Omkareshwar projects. Forty persons started a three-day hunger strike today in support of the demands and in solidarity towards the indefinite hunger strike undertaken by five.

Alok Agrawal