Medha Patkar’s Jal Satyagraha for Narmada families enters third day

Narmada Bachao Andolan founder Medha Patkar has alleged that the affected families have not been rehabilitated or paid compensation despite Supreme Court order.
Social activist Medha Patkar and other villagers protest the construction of Sardar Sarovar Dam at Chhota Barda Village in Badwani district of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday.(PTI Photo)
Social activist Medha Patkar and other villagers protest the construction of Sardar Sarovar Dam at Chhota Barda Village in Badwani district of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Sep 17, 2017 04:33 PM IST
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Indo Asian News Service, Barwani (MP) | By HT Correspondent

The Jal Satyagraha protest led by Narmada Bachao Aandolan founder Medha Patkar, demanding rehabilitation of the 40,000 families affected by the Sardar Sarovar Dam, entered the third day on Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the inter-state Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat’s Narmada district on Sunday.

With the water level of the dam steadily rising, it is speculated that one town and 192 villages in the region will be submerged under water. Around 40,000 families in the affected villages would have to leave their homes as the danger escalates.

Patkar has alleged that the affected families have not been rehabilitated or paid compensation despite the Supreme Court order.

Describing the development as “unfortunate”, she has demanded that water supply in the dam be stopped till the rehabilitation was completed.

Taking on the BJP, Patkar said the lives of thousands of families in Madhya Pradesh have been put at stake for electoral gains in the coming Gujarat assembly polls.

On Saturday, around 30 women led by Patkar continued their sit-in on the banks of the Narmada river at Chota Barda village in Dhar where the water level is gradually rising.

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