NBA Press Release
  26 March 2006
Save The Narmada, Save Humanity!

Ninth day of dharna continues as delegation meets PM

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A delegation of the Sardar Sarovar dam affected Adivasi and farmer representatives met the Prime Minister, Shri Manmohan Singh, today protesting against the decision to raise the height of the dam that can affect 35,000 families in the coming monsoon without rehabilitation.

The delegation, which included Medha Patkar, Mohan Patidar, Pinjaribai, Himanshu Upadhyay and Ratanbhai, briefed the PM about the utter violation of the Tribunal Award and Supreme Court verdicts till 2005. In Madhya Pradesh no cultivable land is being offered and cash compensation, which is clearly against the law, is being offered in lieu of land. In Maharashtra the report of the Monitoring and Evaluation agency has concluded that the claim of no balance families to be rehabilitated at 121.92m is false and Action Taken Reports (ATRs) submitted should be withdrawn.

An oustee from Gujarat, Dhurjibhai also narrated the woes of adult sons who have not got the land as directed by the Supreme Court in 2005.

Himanshu Upadhyay put forth the financial situation that is of crises due to indebtedness and having to pay 5000 crores of 19, 000+ crores expended on the project to date towards interest payment, demanding that, following the CAG report, AIBP funds should not be allocated since violation of conditions in established through audit.

Medha Patkar demanded that the dam construction should be stalled with the Prime Minister¡¦s intervention immediately as the issue is a matter of life and death for the Valley and not of regional politics. She also demanded a review by the Planning Commissioner on vivacious aspects related to the viability of the project and the benefits (drinking water and power) claimed but not realised at 110m, the present height.

The PM assured a review of the situation with the Water Resources Minister and Minister of Social Justice, and a decision to be given within the next two days.

NBA resolves to continue the indefinite dharna and the relay fast, too, will intensify the agitation if no justice accrues.

Clifton Rosario
Deepti