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Sardar Sarovar Dam: Medha Patkar’s hunger strike enters 11th day

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  1. InfoWarrior

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    The Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) activist Medha Patkar's indefinite hunger strike demanding rehabilitation of those displaced due to Sardar Sarovar Dam's construction enters 11th day.

    Medha Patkar and 11 others are on fast since July 27 on Narmada bank in Dhar district's Chikhalda village. Their health is constantly deteriorating as today is their tenth day on fast.

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    The activists are protesting after the government closed the gates of Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada River, due to which houses of 40,000 families are facing submergence.


    Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had requested Patkar to end the fast.

    Patkar longest fast was in Delhi in 2006, which went on for 26 days. Her last fast was in Bhopal in 2014, which lasted for three days.

    http://www.oneindia.com/india/sarda...rs-hunger-strike-enters-11th-day-2516034.html
     
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    ‘Health of thousands at risk as Narmada dam gates shut’
    TNN | Aug 5, 2017, 10:29 PM IST
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    NEW DELHI: Jan Swasthya Abhiyan decried the inhuman attitude of the Gujarat government in risking thousands of lives in the Narmada Valley by closing the gates of the Sardar Sarovar dam on June 17 despite the rehabilitation of dam-affected people not having been completed.

    The Supreme Court directive of February 8 was to complete this rehabilitation within three months, before May 8, 2017.

    Unjust displacement without proper rehabilitation in developmental projects is an important social determinant of ill health in many parts of in India. The Sardar Sarovar project is a classic example. Currently thousands of people in the Narmada Valley face an assault on their health and well-being, and even on their lives, due to this closure of the gates, JSA said.


    After completion of rehabilitation by May 8, the Valley was to be cleared of human habitation by July 31, to avoid drowning due to the rising waters of the now 139 metre-high Sardar Sarovar dam. The Gujarat government has decided to go ahead with closing of the gates, and MP government started forceful eviction of the dam-affected people, despite non-completion of rehabilitation of about 18,000 families. Fortunately on July 31, in a hearing, the SC was convinced that rehabilitation is incomplete and withdrew its directive that the Valley may be emptied by July 31.


    The government does not have the sanctity any more from the SC for forceful eviction. But this is not enough. We demand that the gates of the Sardar Sarovar dam be opened
    Immediately, without waiting for directive from the SC in the forthcoming hearing. Otherwise thousands of people in the Valley would be exposed to the immediate risk of drowning in the rising waters of the Narmada.

    JSA said many of the rehabilitation sites, the dwellings erected are not fit for human beings. Moreover there are absolutely no health care facilities in these rehabilitation sites. Hence tens of thousands of ordinary people are being forced into inhuman and extremely unhealthy conditions.
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...rmada-dam-gates-shut/articleshow/59933931.cms
     
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    Sardar Sarovar dam: Madhya Pradesh govt delegation couldn't convince Medha Patkar to call off fast
    IndiaPTIAug, 06 2017 10:39:41 IST
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    Bhopal: A delegation, led by a senior official of the Madhya Pradesh government, on Saturday failed to convince Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar to call off her indefinite fast.

    Patkar, who is on a hunger strike since 27 July, however, refused to entertain the delegation since it did not have a letter of authority from the government.

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    File image of Medha Patkar. PTI

    Patkar's indefinite fast in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh, seeking a proper rehabilitation of those affected by the Sardar Sarovar dam, entered its 10th day on Saturday.

    The delegation was led by Chandrashekhar Borkar, Additional Secretary to Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

    Spiritual leader Bhaiyyu Maharaj, who was also a part of the delegation, met Patkar (62), whose health is failing and urged her to end the fast.

    The delegation met Patkar a day after Chouhan expressed concern over the NBA leader's health.

    "I am concerned about your health and the health of your associates. It is my humble request to you that you should end your fast," the chief minister had tweeted on Friday.

    The tweet further read, "I have personally talked to the displaced persons and issued orders to fulfil their demands."

    Patkar is staging the fast, demanding a proper rehabilitation of the thousands of families living along the banks of the Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh's Barwani, Dhar, Alirajpur and Khargone districts, whose houses would face submergence once the gates of the Sardar Sarovar dam in neighbouring Gujarat were closed.

    "Patkar didn't entertain the delegation as it didn't have a letter of authority from the government and turned down its request to end the fast," NBA activist Himanshi Singh told PTI from Dhar.

    Dhar Collector Shriman Shukla, who was part of the delegation, said they had noted down the demands of Patkar.

    "We have noted down the demands raised by Patkar and have already started sorting out the local issues," he added.

    Shukla admitted that Patkar had not ended her fast after they met her.

    About the health conditions of Patkar, he said she was found to be unwell with a low blood pressure level when the doctors checked her two days ago.

    "The government doctors wanted to examine her yesterday and today, but she refused to undergo a check-up," said Shukla.

    The other members of the delegation comprised Indore Divisional Commissioner Sanjay Dubey, Additional Director General of Police, based at Indore, Ajay Sharma.

    According to an official of the Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA), around 6,500 families were still staying put in the catchment area of the dam in Barwani and Dhar districts.

    "Two days ago, their number was 7,010," he said, adding that this meant that the state government's efforts and requests to evacuate the area were paying off.

    "No family was staying in the catchment area of Alirajpur and Khargone districts," he claimed.

    The dam is likely to be filled to its capacity by August end.


    Published Date: Aug 06, 2017 10:39 am | Updated Date: Aug 06, 2017 10:39 am
    http://www.firstpost.com/india/sard...ce-medha-patkar-to-call-off-fast-3899305.html
     
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    Narmada river is a rain water fed river system. We need to store its water now otherwise we will not be able to raise the water level in it till next monsoons. This lady has a habit of creating ruckus every now and then. These are so called activists because of whom many Indian poor have been denied the very basic essentials of life.
     
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    The problem is related to compensation. 2 lakh people are being uprooted and taken to a area with lower source of employment. For example a farmer in that valley will be give small house and some cash. Imagine yourself as farmer in that valley, you are being uprooted and give a small house and some money. You lost your land and source of income. How would you feed your family ?
     
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    AFAIK, they are being given a house, some cash and also land as compensation.
    http://www.sspa.gujarat.gov.in/landcell.htm
    you can read full details here and see for yourself how misinformation is being spread.
     
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    There aren't many reservoirs built in that region to divide the water, the MP & Guj govt should have looked at it before Patkar's protest. Guj should either look for some alternate to reduce the water level in SSD by adding the water in some of the rivers in Guj.

    But this year the rainfall is already above average and Guj govt couldn't open the gates due to over capacity in the already filled reservoirs of Guj.

    I hope the gates will be opened in few weeks. Just wait for the monsoon to pass.
     
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    India will have to go back to its traditional methods of rainwater harvesting and sustainable agriculture along with a larger investment in solar energy to solve issues like this. Hydro electricity is far from being environmentally friendly. It damages the original ecosystem by causing imbalances in fish populations, apart from the large land that is lost to catchment areas. My previous boss had a farm where he used traditional indian methods of irrigation and farming and got yields higher than any of the GMO plants the americans put out. He told me that the chemical and pesticides companies along with politicians who mostly invest in them are big time lobbyist and will suppress any techniques that will put them out of business. We have to stop mindlessly aping the west and losing out on our traditional understanding of nature. None of the policies of the current govt, nor the previous ones tackle problems with correct long term solutions. Congress ho ya BJP, all are big time assholes who care only about themselves and not the country. And proper policies will put political pawns like Medha Pathkar out of work for good.
     
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    Let me also add that the water table in the Indo-ganatic plain is reducing at an average of 33 cm per year, one of the highest in the world. Very soon North Indians will be shelling out more money for their water.
     
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    India needs to build lots of reservoirs and lakes .... plant trees near these lakes.... by 2100 south asian will become inhabitable....
     
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    Really again, tell me this was not year 2000
     
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    Sir, Film actor RajaniKanth. His major points of floating a party were. 1- Interlinking of all South Indian Rivers, This was Vajpayee era idea to interlink all Indian rivers. Gujarat had a flood, now comes the drought
     
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    Our traditional knowledge about agriculture and water conservation had been the best in the world. Our system did not rely on dams which disturb the complete river ecosystem. instead we relied on ponds and tanks built as integral part of the village ecosystem. These ponds/tanks used to be rain as well as river fed. This ensured that water just does not flow out to the sea but is used to replenish ground water and also for agriculture. This kept our rivers clean and the requirement of drinking water was directly met by this clean river water and wells. Visit any temple anywhere in India and you will find a pond/tank/well as part of the structure of the temple.
     
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    They are being given. But not yet given. The issue is the government was sleeping on the issue of actually giving and building the house. Now, when they have more than expected rains, they have been caught with their pants down.
     
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