MP: Ghogalgaon villagers find support from Congress, AAP

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Khandwa
  • Updated: Apr 14, 2015 18:00 IST

Ghogalgaon villagers in MP's Khandwa district, standing in neck-deep water for the past three days under Jal Satyagraha, on Monday found support from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Arun Yadav also met the villagers and discussed their grievances.

The villagers affected by Omkareshwar dam project and Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) activists had started the Jal Satyagraha at Ghogalgaon village on Saturday.

The villagers, whose fields have been flooded by the Omkareshwar dam water after the raised height of the dam, are demanding proper rehabilitation and adequate compensation from the government.

Alleging that filling the reservoir up to 191 metres will submerge their fields, they are also demanding lowering of the water level in the dam.

The prolonged standing in the water has started showing on the villagers. Rewaram, a resident of Ekhand village, has developed blisters on his feet.

NBA leader and AAP Madhya Pradesh coordinator Alok Agrawal, who joined the protesting villagers, said they are going to launch a statewide protest and submit a memorandum to district collector in every district on April 15.

He said AAP will also opt for legal option and file a petition in the Supreme Court during the hearing of the case on Friday.

PCC president Arun Yadav also visited the Ghogalgaon villagers and spent 20 minutes with them in the water. Yadav said the oustees have not been properly rehabilitated.

"We are going to write a letter to the chief minister about proper rehabilitation and adequate compensation to the oustees," he said.

However, Khandwa collector Mahesh Agrawal said adequate compensation had already been given to the affected people by the government.

"If they still have any grievance, they should come out of the water and hold discussions with the Narmada Hydro Development Corporation (NHDC) officials," Agrawal said, adding the water level will be maintained at 191 metres in the Omkareshwar dam.

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