India: Support urgently requested to save Narmada adivasis & farmers from destruction Print E-mail

in the name of development

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NBA Press Release
  01 January 2007
Save The Narmada, Save Humanity!

Urgent Appeal: Two lakh people, adivasis and farmers, from the Narmada valley cry halt to destruction

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It is more than shocking that Gujarat, in connivance with the other states- M.P, rajasthan & maharashtra, and with no monitoring from the centre, has raised the height of Sardar Sarovar dam to 122 metres. They are also building a foundation for the gates to be put up between 122 & 138 mts, even when there are at least 35,000 families ( 1.75 lakh people) still residing in the submergence area of 122 mts & more than 40,000 families (2 lakh people) in the area to be affected at 138.68 mts, the full height.

The struggle of the last 21 years and the long battle in Delhi (march to may 2006), the much trumpeted survey by the PM appointed shungulu committee (oversight group), our critique of it, is known to you all. When the shungulu committee's report was submitted to the supreme court, the prime minister himself had stated through a report that dam construction (stopped at 119 mts, in july) would not commence without a review of resettlement and rehabilitation, in October.

No real review of the ground level situation was ever carried out. The R&R subgroup of Narmada Control Authority (inter-state) has not visited the valley since 2000, till date. The NCA chaired by the secretary, water resources, at the centre, does not monitor R&R. All false reports, fake registries showing land purchase, incomplete record of oustees; betrayal & criminal act of submerging adivasi lands & houses in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra till 2006, is neither truthfully reported, nor taken cognisance of. Both Madhya Pradesh (with thousands – about 10,000 families eligible for land) and Maharashtra (at least 1000 and more adivasi families) not rehabilitated with cultivable, irrigable land, is violation of law, sc judgements, promises, propoganda and affidavits on oath. These governments do not even offer good, cultivable land and hundreds of adivasi families in Gujarat stand cheated due to bad, uncultivable land allotted.

It's a total betrayal and a clear message for all adivasis, farmers, fishworkers, labourers and urban poor to traders; all who are being promised rehabilitation only to be ousted, forcibly evicted in the name of development. While the lakhs of people in narmada valley who continue to stay put in the area to be flooded and already flooded, when the dam waters are far from being effectively utilized to satiate the thirst of the needy, when 40,000 crores worth sardar sarovar project is not proved to be the solution to Gujarat's water or M.P/Maharashtra's power crisis, when crores of rupees worth compensation and R&R funds are pocketted by corrupt officials and leaders, the struggle has to continue, challenging no rehabilitation for sardar sarovar affected, asserting no more displacement.

Before all adivasis, large and small villages, townships, houses - pakka & kachcha, schools, dispensaries; temples & mosques; shops & markets; lakhs & lakhs of trees of neem, teak, mango, anjan, mahua, chironji, amla, ber, what not; best of agricultural land in nimad with record agri-produce (wheat, cotton, soya, sugarcane, papaya, banana, oranges & lemons, all fruits…) and in satpuda-vindhyas with jowar (millet), makkai (maize), sesame, hilly millets; everything in this oldest of the civilisations in the world, narmada valley, is drowned.

The submergence, you know, would be up to 214 kms long area (i.e. Mumbai to nashik or delhi to agra & beyond)…& will bring devastation, not rehabilitation.

Do act with the urgency & commitment as ever –

• Plan demonstrations, link with actions, including 'no more displacement' day – january 2nd, the day of kalinga nagar killings. • Write strongest possible letters to the PM, sonia gandhi, Mr. Soz, minister of water resources, challenging the criminal act, illegal decision & the project with uncertain benefits - 10% of the promised, unjust distribution against needy & thirsty, which must be stopped. • Join us in action: jan 2nd - at new delhi. • Question violation of law, rehabilitation policy & value of justice; impingement upon right to life and livelihood; distorted water management. • Write articles in the wider context too

CONTACT NO: YOGINI KHANOLKAR – 09423944390 RAJENDRA RAVI – 09868206316 ASHISH MANDLOI – 09993449644 MEDHA PATKAR – 09869446684

YOGINI KHANOLKAR, KAILASH AWASIA, ASHISH MANDLOI, MEDHA PATKAR

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6 January 2007

Dear Friends,

Narendra Modi (CM, Gujarat) has called a meeting of CMs of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh on 7th January 07 (tomorrow) to seek consent on erecting the gates on the Sardar Sarovar Dam wall, which is already raised to 122 mts height when thousands of affected families are yet to receive land and get resettled and rehabilitated. If the gates are erected and height is raised to 138.68 mts, it will lead to a watery grave, unjust and illegal. This must not happen after 21 years of struggle by the people, adivasis and farmers, who raised basic questions related to development. Please therefore get into action here and now.

PLEASE SEND FAXES ON A PRIORITY BASIS. THE COMMON LETTER BELOW IS SELF EXPLANATORY. YOU CAN DRAFT YOUR OWN LETTER OR SEND US YOUR ENDORSEMENTS
FOR THE COMMON LETTER.

The fax letter should go by today itself, BEFORE OFFICE CLOSES.

Let it be a genuine Happy New Year for every one!!!

love and best wishes,
In solidarity,
Narmada Bachao Andolan


To: The Chief Minister of Maharashtra
Fax: 022 22029214 / 23631446
E- mail:
http://www.maharashtra.gov.in/english/government/index.php?rep_type_id=1

To: The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh
Fax: +91-755-2540501; +91-755-2551781
Email: ,

To: The Prime Minister of India
Fax: 011 23019817, 23016996 (Res)
E-Mail , http://pmindia.nic.in/write.htm

To: Ms. Sonia Gandhi
Chairperson, Indian National Congress
Fax: 011 23018651
Email: ,

To: Shri Saif-ud-din Soz
Minister of Water Resources
Fax: 91-11-23714200, 11-23714663, 11-23711780 (off),
11-23782032 11-23782034 (res)
E-Mail: ,

To: Shri R.R. Patil
Fax: 022 22024873 / 23631505

To: Shri Patangrao Kadam
Minister for Rehabilitation
Fax: 022 22024751 / 22821499

Dear               ,

We understand that the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Narendra Modi has called a meeting of the Chief Ministers of the riparian States connected with the Sardar Sarovar Dam on 7th January 2007, to get their approval to increase the Sardar Sarovar Dam to its complete height by fitting in the dam gates.

Despite the horrific dam related flooding that took place in the monsoons of 2006,  despite nearly 2 lakh project affected people still not having received rehabilitation whatsoever, despite a number of Rehabilitation colonies being submerged this monsoon, this would amount to criminal and uncalled for destruction of lives and livelihoods and transgression of the rights of the affected families.

WE REQUEST YOU TO EITHER BOYCOTT THE MEETING OR DECISIVELY AND EFFECTIVELY DISALLOW THE PROPOSED INCREASE UNTIL REHABILITATION IS COMPLETED AS PER THE GUARANTEES GIVEN BY THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA AND THE NARMADA WATER DISPUTES TRIBUNAL AWARD, WHICH IS BINDING.

Thanking you,
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