Statement of Solidarity with the Narmada Struggle
No Submergence without Rehabilitation
Date: August 3, 2017
The Association for India’s Development is concerned about the ongoing crisis in the Narmada Valley. Press reports state that people are being forcibly evicted, and that thousands of villages may face submergence without rehabilitation. This is in contravention of Supreme Court orders and will cause destruction and homelessness on a very large scale. People from the Narmada Valley have been sitting in Satyagraha, on a relay fast and now on an indefinite fast since July 27.
We urge the government to guarantee to the people that the gates of the Sardar Sarovar dam will remain open, that the reservoir will not be filled, and that no one will be evicted from their homes and farms until all the affected people have been allocated land and amenities for rehabilitation. This will uphold people’s right to life and livelihood in accordance with the Constitution, the Narmada Tribunal Award, and the orders of the Supreme Court.
Neeraj Santoshi, Hindustan Times, July 27 2017, Mission Eviction on war footing along Narmada river
Press Trust of India, July 25 2017: Sardar Sarovar dam: Medha Patkar to go on indefinite fast on banks of river Narmada from 27 July
Supreme Court Orders
Key requirement of Rehabilitation Prior to Submergence is summarized as follows: Every Project Affected Family shall receive alternative land for agriculture at least one year before submergence while full resettlement is to be completed at least six months before.
2015 Independent People’s Tribunal Report on Sardar Sarovar Claims and Realities of Development and Rehabilitation.