In the absence of proper plans for rehabilitation, the concerned authority decided to close the gates of Sardar Sarovar Dam on July 31st, this year.

PUCL Gujarat

From more than last 30 years there is a protest / movement going on for people’s rights in the project affected areas of the Narmada Valley. An imminent danger of displacement looms large on estimated 40,000 people of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Even in the absence of proper plans for rehabilitation, the concerned authority decided to close the gates of Sardar Sarovar dam on July 31st, this year. It is not understood what the Government is trying to prove by doing so when there is no effective usage of its water right now.

For timely redressal of the issues faced by the affected villages, Medha Patkar along with other activists and villagers is on indefinite fast in Chikhalda village of Madhya Pradesh. On 31st July, people from various places throughout the country observed symbolic fast to express their solidarity with the affected people. The people who observed fasts in Gujarat are: Jyotibhai Desai, Swati Desai, Lakhan Musafir, Rohit Prajapati, Anand Mazgaonkar, Micheal Mazgaonkar, Harish Desai, Deepali Ghelani, Rita Choksi, Kamal Thakar, Shishir Raval, Reshma Vohra, Sunanda Tayde, Nagma Vohra, Kruti Patel, Hetal Parmar, Amit Parmar, Rita Shah, Neha Barot, Urvashi Chauhan, Darshana Machi, Krishna Tayde, Neha Sarwate, Chaitali Raval, Renu Khanna, C Srinivasan, Krishnkant Chauhan, Ashish Agrawal, Jaimit Vaidya, Kanti Kalola, Yatra Danidharia, Parth Trivedi, Darshana Trivedi, Atman Shah, Mukesh Shiyal, Jigar Bhatt, Sureshbhai Jadhav, Niyati Shah, Devang Soni, Asmita Raval, Sidhharth Kubavat, Neela Gupta, Medha Shah, Abha Tandel and Shaktisingh Gohil.

Apart from this many ordinary citizens from Umargam, Jaspara, Mithivirdi villages and other places, students from Ahmedabad, people from Lok Samiti and other organizations in Gujarat observed fasts protesting against the Government’s unthoughtful decision taken without any consideration of closing the gates. In Vadodara 30 people who had observed fast gathered and discussed about what can be done ahead in support of the protest.

 

 

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