The Times of India, Aug 18 2015, Indore: Project affected people from Sardar Sarovar dam are continuing with their indefinite satyagraha in Barwani district to oppose increase in height of dam from 122 meters to 138.68 meters. With support from global community, villagers have written to PM urging him to review decision to submerge villages. Project affected are on a protest since August 12, but government has not taken any initiative to end the protest.
Residents of affected villages — Aavli-Segawa, Nisarpur, Pichhodi, Avalda and Bhadal joined protesters on Sunday and alleged government is making false claims of rehabilitation.
Urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the decision to increase height of Sardar Sarovar dam, every village, which is going to get submerged, wrote letters to PM. Villagers in their letter highlighted hundreds of families engaged in fishing, labour work, farm work, small trade are yet to be rehabilitated as per law, but have already faced submergence in the previous years. “We shall fight for our rights till our last breath,” said dam hit from Aavli-Segawa village.
During the protest a fishermen couple, Saava and Bharat from Pichhodi village, who fought for their rights and obtained an order from Grievance Redressal Authority for registering a “displaced people’s fishing co-operatives” shared their experience.
Couple highlighted everyday fight and plight of thousands of fishermen, who were dependent on Narmada for their livelihood. “NVDA has been committing gross atrocities on adivasis,” alleged Gemtiya, a project affected.
Medha Patkar of NBA said residents of villages, facing submergence, celebrated Azadi Utsav to call for real independence where villagers will have right to lead their life as they wish.