MOST URGENT ACTION ALERT
6 January 2007
Narendra Modi (CM, Gujarat) has called a meeting of CMs of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh on 7th January 07 (tomorrow) to seek consent on erecting the gates on the Sardar Sarovar Dam wall, which is already raised to 122 mts height when thousands of affected families are yet to receive land and get resettled and rehabilitated. If the gates are erected and height is raised to 138.68 mts, it will lead to a watery grave, unjust and illegal. This must not happen after 21 years of struggle by the people, adivasis and farmers, who raised basic questions related to development. Please therefore get into action here and now.
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Narmada Bachao Andolan
The Chief Minister of Maharashtra
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Minister of Water Resources
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Shri R.R. Patil
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Shri Patangrao Kadam
Minister for Rehabilitation
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We understand that the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Narendra Modi has called a meeting of the Chief Ministers of the riparian States connected with the Sardar Sarovar Dam on 7th January 2007, to get their approval to increase the Sardar Sarovar Dam to its complete height by fitting in the dam gates.
Despite the horrific dam related flooding that took place in the monsoons of 2006, despite nearly 2 lakh project affected people still not having received rehabilitation whatsoever, despite a number of Rehabilitation colonies being submerged this monsoon, this would amount to criminal and uncalled for destruction of lives and livelihoods and transgression of the rights of the affected families.
WE REQUEST YOU TO EITHER BOYCOTT THE MEETING OR DECISIVELY AND EFFECTIVELY DISALLOW THE PROPOSED INCREASE UNTIL REHABILITATION IS COMPLETED AS PER THE GUARANTEES GIVEN BY THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA AND THE NARMADA WATER DISPUTES TRIBUNAL AWARD, WHICH IS BINDING.