Day 1: 4th January 2011
The march started from Khadki village in the morning and traversed through the village and went across the Nar river (on which the Paikhed dam is proposed). Khadki village will be affected if Paikhed dam is built. The marchers then passed through Choura village and then went on to Khapatiya village. A two hour long meeting was held here which was attended by over 200 people. Local leaders as well as guests addressed the meetings. Close to 80 marched from village to village.
The march then went on to Tutarkhed village where another evening meeting was also organised. People resolved to march on despite police presence as well as threats mentioned earlier.
Day 2: 5th January 2011
As the march passes through more villages, numbers are swelling. Close to 400 people marched early morning from Chikhalpada village to Gundiya village in Dharampur block of Valsad district. A meeting was organised in Gundiya village and was attended by close to 750 people. Men and Women continue to march in spite of police pressure. At every place people expressed their resolve not to be fooled again by authorities and promises.
Simple food like rice & dal is served by the village hosting all the marchers and feeding all those who attend meetings. All the food grains are collected from household contributions in each host village.
Evening meeting in Rakshasbhuvan village in Surgana block of Nasik district of Maharashtra state. People from both the states linked by the common thread are joining together in the struggle for right to life and are resolvign to fight nonviolently.
Next day the march will reach the Dangs district, a majority adivasi district where this interlinking of rivers project is proposing 3 dams in Chikkar, Dabdar and Kelwan villages.
After a huge response in Dharampur block of Valsad district the yatra moved on to the Dangs via villages in Maharashtra and was received extremely well. On day 3 the tour covered the following riverlink villages threatened with submergence & displacement : Bhovada & Avalpada (Maharashtra), & Kalibel, Bhujad, Bhalkhet (Dangs district in Gujarat). A large public meeting addressed by a former state legislator and various currently elected District & Block representatives was held despite the shivering cold. The local police objected to slogans & procession / rally that marchers use to raise awareness. As this was the first major programme in the area we decided to split into small groups and conduct door to door meetings rather having an immediate face-off with police. We were in any case going to hold our public meeting on private property – something police could do nothing about.
On day 4 the yatra was joined by 125 more people hence the 200-strong march managed to cover the following 15 villages within the day: Gauriya, Tokardahad, Isdar, Dhadhara, Khatal, Machdi, Divadiya, Chinchina, Kudadnakhi, Kudkadas, Bhavadi, Pimpri, Dabdahad, Nadagkhadi, Chikatiya, Kumbipada. A large public meeting, as usual, was held in the evening
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