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14th day of hunger strike:: Omkareshwar Dam: Some More Villages Are in Danger

THE INDEFINITE HUNGER STRIKE ENTERS ITS 14th DAY : THE CONDITIONS OF THE HUNGER STRIKERS DETERIORATE

HIGH COURT TO HEAR GUNJARI ISSUE ON 22 JUNE

SOME MORE VILLAGES ARE IN DANGER

The Narmada Bachao Andolan has filed a special Application in the High Court of Madhya Pradesh against the submergence of village Gunjari without land acquisition and rehabilitation. The Application mentions the false Affidavit submitted by NHDC and the state government and demands land acquisition and all rehabilitation facilities for all the 22 families of Gunjari. The Application also demands damages for this unslated submergence. The Application further demands, that the water level of the dam be reduced. After preliminary hearing of the application the high court has asked the state government and NHDC to file their reply within two days. On Friday the 22nd the high court will take up this matter again.

The Jal Satyagrah in Gunjari continues. Ten women are sitting on this Satyagrah in the rising waters.

In an other Application submitted to the High Court the NBA has demanded that the activities related to withdrawal of electricity, water supply and other civic amenities in the submergence areas be stopped. The hearing took place before the division bench of Chief justice Anang Kumar Patnayak and Justice Shri Ajit Singh. Advocate R N Singh Pleaded the case on behalf of the State of MP and NHDC, while senior activist Ms Chittaroopa Palit pleaded on behalf of Narmada Bachao Andolan. Ms Chittaroopa Palit is also on the fourteenth day of her indefinite hunger strike.

Due the rising level of water in the Omkarehwar dam, after Gunjari four more villages have come under danger. In Kelwa Bujurg, 115 tribal households of Jiroth Phaliya lost their land due to submergence without any compensation and the village has surrounded by water form three sides. This has caused an acute crisis for food and other services. Kaman Kheda village has lost its connectivity to the Punasa Marg. More than half of the farmers this village are unable to farm on their land under these conditions. In Dewas district the main road to village Guwadi and Premargh have been cut off. These tribal villages are now cut off from other villages.

Omkareswar and Indira Sagar dam affected people have been sitting on their indefinite Dharna at the district headquarters in Khandwa demanding their rights. Today is the 16th day of the dhrana. 4000 people continue to sit on this Dhrana for their rights in spite of the rain and storms that have been lashing the region. The Five people which include Indira Sagar affected Suraj Bai and Krishna Bai, Omkareshwar affected Ashok Chaturvedi and senior NBA activist Chittaroopa Palit and Bhagwan Mukati, entered the 14th day of their indefinite hunger strike. The health of all these people is deteriorating and they are continuously loosing weight.

Alok Agarwal