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DEVELOPMENT AND DISPLACEMENT, Land Acquisition Act

Massive Padyatra (Footmarch) in Gujarat

You may be aware of the long struggle waged by those who sacrificed their life and land for Sardar Sarovar Project. There are many serious outstanding issues even today. The 6 villages that first lost their lands for Kevadia Colony have not been considered Project-Affected, rehabilitation and resettlement of those upstream of the dam in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh was never satisfactorily accomplished, there have been massive cost over runs, farmers have been penalised for accessing water they were promised – destroying the very

raison d’ etre of the Sardar Sarovar Project. Worse, water has been diverted for urban and industrial use.

As if all this was not enough the Government is trying to go one up on the Statue of Liberty by constructing a statue of Sardar Patel at a massive cost of Rs. 2500 crore. And 16 villages have been brought under the Kevadia Area Development Authority (KADA), basically to promote Saturday-Sunday Tourism for those living in Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Surat and other places. The Government now wants to extend KADA to 68 villages.

SO 70 VILLAGES MUST NOW MAKE WAY FOR TOURISTS AND THEIR RESTAURANTS, GOLF COURSES, BOATING …….

People of these villages are now becoming aware and have conducted an effective awareness campaign speaking to Sardar Sarovar tourists, distributing leaflets etc.

A padyatra has been organised in the KADA area from 28th September to 1st October ’13. At least 9 teams will march from village to village 28th Sept onwards.

We invite you to join the Padyatra and support the struggle of these 70 villages.

Lakhan Musafir Dipen Desai

 

 

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