States diverting dam water to corporate, alleges Medha Patkar

States diverting dam water to corporate, alleges Medha Patkar:

(Courtesy: ANI)  Bhopal, Sep 09 (ANI): Environmental activist Medha Patkar alleged that state of Madhya Pradesh and neighbouring Gujarat were diverting dam water to corporate at the cost of people’s lives. The Central government has approved a long-stalled proposal to raise the height of the Narmada dam to 138.73 metres (455 feet), from 121.92 metres (400 feet), so more water will be available for drinking, irrigation and power generation. Patkar, who has long campaigned against the project, said many people will be displaced. As chief minister of Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had campaigned for approval to build the dam higher to protect farmers from drought. Hundreds of people affected by Sardar Sarovar Dam project have started an indefinite sit-in protest in Barwani district to protest increase in height of the dam. They alleged that people in the submergence area had not been rehabilitated.


Press Release: “NARMADA KI AAWAZ” 30 Years of Struggle – 17-18 July, 2015 at Jantar Mantar

Press Release

 “NARMADA KI AAWAZ”  30 Years of Struggle

17-18 July, 2015 at Jantar Mantar

New Delhi (17th July 2015) : Hundreds of people from the Sardar Sarovar Project affected regions in the Narmada valley marched to Jantar Mantar at Delhi for a 2-day protest against raising of the height of the Sardar Sarovar Dam and denial of the rehabilitation  of the oustees. People danced to the beats of the drums, children played flutes and everyone danced in the rain while Medha Patkar announced that the ‘Dhol’ will not stop till the end of protest, the evening of 17th July.

The meeting saw Medha Patkar, several activists and political leaders including Mr. Hannan Mollah, Ms. Annie Raja, Anil Chaudhary, Swami Agnivesh, Sagari Chaabra, Kavita Krishnan addressing the rally. This year also marks 30 years of resilient struggle of the Narmada Bachao Andolan, which continues its battle to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of thousands of dalits, adivasis and other communities in the Narmada region, in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

One of the first measures of the NDA government after coming to power in May 2014 was to raise the height of SSP by 17 mts to its final height of 138.68 metres. This is in direct violation of the Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal (NWDT) which disallows any further displacement before complete rehabilitation in the Narmada Valley. The recent fact-finding report titled “Drowning a Valley – Destroying a Civilization” points to the grave implications of this move – set to unleash an unprecedented displacement on an estimated 2.5 lakh families in 245 villages in the 3 states.

Addressing the press, veteran activist Medha Patkar pointed out the large irregularities, manipulations and ongoing corruption in the Narmada valley; including those in disbursement of compensation to farmers and other affected people. Drawing comparisons, she said that the scams are even bigger than the recently exposed ‘Vyapam Scam’, which has already put the Madhya Pradesh government and the Narendra Modi-led NDA government under the scanner and attracted widespread attention. She continued with the demand for land in place of land for all displaced families.

The Fact Finding Report brought forth by the Central Fact Finding Committee comprising of senior political leaders, public personalities and experts such as Mr. Hannan Mollah, Ms. Annie Raja, Mr. Binoy Viswam, Dr. Sunilam, Prof. Raj Kachroo and Mr. Soumya Dutta were distributed to the press. The report prepared after their visit in the valley reveals numerous violations and non-compliance of judicial orders, inaccurate surveys, massive corruption and denial of justice to those forced to suffer for a misplaced cause of ‘development’. Furthermore, it inquires into the beneficiaries of the project, as media reports raise questions about water diversion for industrial use. This, when the stated purpose for the dam, constructed at a cost of over Rs. 90,000 crores and incalculable human and environmental loss, was to provide water to the people of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

It was pointed out that more than 6000 families today await a watery grave as their house, livestock and fertile agricultural land are soon to be submerged, even when the Supreme Court is still to give its verdict on the legality of the ongoing construction at Sardar Sarovar Dam. Following the mammoth catastrophe in Nepal and Uttarakhand, SSP-affected people from the valley have urged activists, environmentalists, policy-makers and the governments to take cognizance of maintaining ecological balance, for the lives and livelihoods of more than 2.5 lakh families, already facing massive devastation.

Veteran journalist Kuldip Nayyar lamented the lack of interest among the elected representatives of the parliament in raising these crucial issues. He expressed his solidarity with the movement and also emphasized the need for support from the various sections of the society, including the middle class intelligentsia.

Ms. Annie Raja, General Secretary of National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) stated that the people in Narmada Valley have fought on for 30 years now, not accepting compensation even under pressure and negligence from the administration, with constant ignoring of basic amenities like education and healthcare from the administration. Even after forcing large dams without consent, the people get no benefit and the water is being diverted to the multinational companies, allowing them to make extensive profits over the lives of people.

Hannan Mollah, General Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) raised the failure of the central government in addressing the issues of the farmers. Referring to the forced passing of Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill through ordinances, he said that the national alliance for land rights, Bhumi Adhikar Andolan, extends all support to the Narmada movement. The Bhumi Adhikar Andolan will continue to raise the demands for land distribution and land reform programmes for the most marginalised sections of the society, and stand firmly against corporate land grab.

SSP-affected Chimalkhedi village in Maharashtra saw a suicide on 9th June committed due to non-rehabilitation. Displacement induced huge financial distress to the families and other prominent members in the protest raised fears that a similar trend may follow across the Narmada Valley.

The Narmada Bachao Andolan plans to intensify the struggle with satygraha, yatras and other public awareness campaigns to highlight the plight of people in the Narmada Valley, the malpractices and administrative negligence, and the need for advocating the rights of indigenous people over natural resources. A delegation met the Secretary of the Social Justice Ministry and insisted that she visits the valley. She noticed the disconnect between decisions taken and the lack of rehabilitation which has been proved from the official documents.

Pemabhai, Sababehen, Noorji Padbi, Sanjeev Kumar, Vimalbhai

News updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Land, Water and Forest: 16 April, 2015

16 April, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. Australia-India civil nuke pact possible by year end: FM Bishop:
  2. Coal turnaround to ease power cuts this summer:
  3. Fewer power cuts likely this summer as govt engineers coal turnaround:
  4. State discoms may cap costs of thermal power plants before inviting bids for power supply:
  5. Coal auction III next week:
  6. 23 coal blocks may be up for auction next week:
  7. Gautam Adani, PM Modi’s constant companion on overseas trips:
  8. Power generation crosses 1 trillion unit mark in FY15:
  9. Process for third round of coal auction may start next week:
  10. We Can be Partner of Choice to India’s Energy Needs: Australian Foreign Affairs Minister:
  11. Coal India gets few takers for imported coal in maiden year:
  12. Meet to suggest framework for mining of fossil fuels:
  13. Power Generation Shows Growth Rate Of 8.4%:


  1. Government to press ahead with Rs 40,000 crore tax demand on FIIs, says Arun Jaitley:
  2. China-led Infra Bank comes closer to reality; India, 56 members join as founding members:
  3. Pakistan economy to grow by 4.4%: World Bank:
  4. Bretton Woods twins bet big on India’s growth, over China:
  5. World Bank Likely to Fund Government’s Flagship Schemes:
  6. At a conference, Ban calls for investment to achieve sustainable energy:
  7. World Bank lending: how the organisation rode roughshod over its own rules – interactive:
  8. World Bank breaks its own rules as 3.4 million people are forced off their land:
  9. Why the Mundra power plant has given Tata a mega headache:
  10. World Bank may fund govt. projects:
  11. U.S. to keep engaging China on Asian infrastructure bank – official:
  12. साल 2016 में चीन को पछाड़ कर भारत बनेगा नबंर 01 :

C.Land, Water & Forest

  1. Aravali not a forest, says Haryana order:
  2. India delinks Assam from land agreement with Bangladesh, bill likely in parliament soon:
  3. Land Bill threatens ‘identity of women’, government should reconsider: Aruna Roy:
  4. Medha Patkar criticizes new land acquisition bill:

Narmada: 30 Years of Resilience – a Calendar (April 2015-March 2016)

Manibeli Satyagraha/Manibeli

Narmada: 30 Years of Resilience – a Calendar
(April 2015-March 2016)

Dear Friend,

Narmada Bachao Andolan (Save the Narmada Movement) has completed 30 years of its history and innumerable struggles. The Delhi Solidarity Group is celebrating this great event it by bringing out a calendar.

Thirty long years of NBA’s arduous struggles against the construction of mega-dams on the River Narmada for social and environmental justice, today stands out as one of the most important symbol of peoples’ struggles in India. Non-violence and civil disobedience embodied in the Narmada Bachao Andolan is a collective history of innumerable rallies, hundreds of hunger strikes, sit-in protests, dharnas, gheraos, public meetings, folk songs, street plays and dances which have all formed part of the struggle that asserted the right of the people to their land, water and forests and set a precedent for a large number of other social movements in India. This mammoth collective history needs to be recorded in a visual form and disseminated to the people who are concerned about unjust development practices.

The Narmada calendar would feature the trajectories and the contours of the movement around the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) with hundreds of protests, hunger strikes, rallies, dharnas, police atrocities, court interventions, landmark judgments and protests against the involvement World Bank. The calendar would also feature photographs, banners, slogans etc., to bring alive some of the remarkable events in its history. This calendar is not just any other calendar, but a chronicle of thirty years of peoples’ struggle in the Narmada Valley.

We would like to invite you to be part of this great movement and participate in spreading the message of non-violent struggles for a just and equitable society.

The Calendar is priced at Rs. 300/- per copy. Dimensions: 15” X 20”
The proceeds from the sale of the calendar would go to Narmada Bachao Andolan.

Contributions to the Calendar can be made by cheque or DD (payable at New Delhi) in favour of: Intercultural Resources

Please send your contributions to: Intercultural Resources, 33-D, DDA SFS Flats, Vijaymandal Enclave, New Delhi – 110016

Please place your orders by 20th of March, 2015. Spread the word around!
Write to:

Thanking you and looking forward to receive your orders.

With warm regards

For Delhi Solidarity Group
Joe Athialy
Madhuresh Kumar
Vijayan M.J.
Sanjeev Kumar
PT George

News on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Land, water and Forest: 17 February, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. Coal auction a Rs 50,000 crore annual bonanza for states:
  2. SCCL determined to give a tough fight to rivals:
  3. Trans-Damodar coal block goes to Durgapur Projects:
  4. B S Ispat wins coal mine in Maharashtra:
  5. Three firms win coal mines:
  6. Monnet Ispat gets coalmin notice for Gare Palma block terms violation:
  7. Private power producers seek fiscal benefits:
  8. India, Lanka sign pact on nuclear energy:
  9. China, UK cos to invest billions in solar, wind energy:
  10. Coal auctions Day 3: Jaypee Group amongst the winners:
  11. Coal blocks: aggressive bidding likely to hit the viability of power companies:
  12. Windfall in offing: Poor states to reap harvest of coal block auctions:
  13. ‘It will be a shame if India is not a globally competitive metal producer’:
  14. Shri Piyush Goyal Reached Out to Global Audience through Talkathon at Re-Invest2015:
  15. Government to protect foreign investments: Piyush Goyal:
  16. Australia not to suspend Indonesian aid if 2 citizens are executed:
  17. ‘India could lead the world in clean energy’:
  18. NTPC to invest $10 billion for building green energy projects in next 5 years:
  19. BUDGET WISH LIST: Power firms for market-driven pricing:
  20. UN special envoy Bloomberg praises PM Modi’s green steps, says very bullish on India:
  21. As coal auctions begin in Delhi, a splendid forest in Chhattisgarh awaits slow death:,-a-splendid-forest-in-Chhattisgarh-awaits-slow-death?utm_content=buffer85c79&utm_medium=social&
  22. Kejriwal asks departments to send proposal to slash power bill by half:


  1. Foundation stone laid for water supply project:
  2. High hopes on new maritime policy:
  3. Yes Bank to issue green bonds worth Rs 500 cr for clean energy projects:
  4. CM distributes relief to flood victims:
  5. YES Bank floats first green infra bond for Rs 500cr:
  6. Naveen seeks PM’s help for release of funds:

C.Land, Water & Forest

  1. Medha Patkar asks Mohan Bhagwat about how RSS plans to conserve Narmada:
  2. Posco Seeks Date With PM on Odisha Project:
  3. Procedure was followed in Priya Pillai issue: MHA:
  4. What happened to Priya Pillai could happen to many of us:

The Two-Day Chetavni Dharna concludes today (25 June 2014)

Union Water Resources and Social Justice Ministers Uma Bharti and Thavar Chand Gehlot meet Narmada Oustee’s Delegation. Assure that the NCA and Rehabilitation Sub Group will look into the demands, before taking further action

Hundreds of protesters issue strong warning to NDA Govt

CPM, Congress and AAP express solidarity with SSP Oustees

Group of MPs and Distinguished Citizens to visit Narmada valley before monsoon session

New Delhi, June 25 : The two day ‘Chetavni Dharna’ of hundreds of Sardar Sarovar Project affected families at Jantar Mantar concluded today with a strong warning to the Prime Minister and NDA Govt. to undertake a serious review of the illegal decision to raise the height of the Sardar Sarovar Project and assess the true costs and benefits of the Project, which is to cost Rs. 90000 crores, while the Govt. has decided to submerge 2.5 lakh people in the valley. In the name of Kutch and Saurashtra, Gujarat plans to dole out lakhs of hectares of command area land and water to the corporates and industries.

Briefing two key concerned Union Ministers Smt. Uma Bharti, Water Resources Ministry and Shri Thavaar Chand Gehlot, Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, Medha Patkar and delegation exposed the illegality of decisions of NCA and clearance to the project by the sub-groups (Environment and R&R), on the basis of official documents, court orders and Ministerial correspondence and in violation of Court order.

Ms. Bharti accepted and directed the officials of the Narmada Control Authority to look in to the serious issues pointed out by the team and review the decisions in a participatory manner. We also learned that Mr. Gehlot was wrongly briefed by officials that the recent decision was in “compliance” of the Supreme court judgement while the reality is diametrically opposite and clearance to the dam is utter violation of the court.

Earlier in the day, Medha Patkar, Yogendra Yadav, AAP; Prashant Bhushan, Supreme Court lawyer, Nikhil Dey, of National Campaign for People’s Right to Information addressed the press. Mr. Bhushan condemned the fast – track clearance approach of the Modi Government in all matters and attempt to quell the voice of people’s movements, who are actually trying to raise real people’s issues in the country and challenge undemocratic decisions, as also loot of exchequer by massive corruption and corporate pandering.

Mr. Yogendra Yadav, pointed out that the SSP decision is not just one step by the NDA Govt. but is fully indicative of the approach of Mr. Modi, which they would like to continue for 5 years. This means decisions would be towards destroying environment, suppressing the legitimate rights and voice of people. He challenged the Govt. against submerging hundreds of villages while 1000 crore judicial inquiry into R&R corruption is ongoing and called the country’s aam aadmi and aam aurat to stand up against every undemocratic decision of the new government.

Medha Patkar expressed shock at the fact that decision of the Narmada Control Authority, is basically a political decision pushed by Mr. Narendra Modi, in violation of not just law and contempt of court, but also by bypassing the three concerned Union Ministers, Uma Bharti, Thavaar Chand Gehlot and Prakash Javdekar, all from Madhya Pradesh who had virtually no role in the decision making process. She urged Mr. Modi to face the reality, face, hear the people and come forward for a comprehensive review of the entire project, a duty which is bound, as Prime Minister of India.

Nikhil Dey, of NCPRI denounced those ministers who call themselves deshbhakts but actually work against the interests of the people, if acche din would come then it will for few people at the cost of bure din of millions of poor people. He expressed hope that the time is not far away when they will rise against this tyranny.

Brinda Karat, a long time voice of CPIM inside the Parliament and outside, openly challenged the arbitrary and anti people decisions of Modi Sarkar, be it the 14% rail fare hike, proposals to dilute labour laws of the country as also the move to drown 2.5 lakh people in the three states organized under a three decade old non-violent social movement. She recalled that even in 2006 the CPM supported the Narmda struggle, but over the past 8 years, not rehabilitation, but huge corruption in M.P. and corporatization in the garb of ‘dam’ and ‘development’ has been pushed.

Gautam Mody, Secretary of NTUI lent support to the struggle and called for coming together of farmers, workers and industrial labour to challenge the corporate agenda and the time has come when every people’s movement in the country have to start talking to each other and understand the deep rooted inter-linkages of the issues and tyranny of the political class.

People raised slogans that the country does not belong to Ambanis and Adanis but to aam aadmi and adivsis, the farmers, fisherpeople, workers, small traders and toiling masses,who represent 90% of the country’s population.

Speaking at the protest, Supreme Court Lawyer Sanjay Parikh stated that the stipulation of the Narmada Award and Supreme Court has been fully violated by the Governments, especially Madhya Pradesh where the illegal policy of encashment has led to absolute loot of tribasls and poor people and massive corruption.

Alok Agrawal, struggling for the rights of oustees for Indira Sagar, Omkareshwar etc for more than 20 years challenged the illegality in dam after dam including SSP and called for a complete review of the cascade of dams on the Narmada which is displacing lakhs of family and submerging lakhs of hectares of forest and agricultural land. Advocate Clifton D’Rozario, Organising Secretary AICCTTU, told the gathering that time has come again for the tillers and toilers to stand up against the ihuman displacement and provide an example to movements of this country.

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal arrived at the protest yesterday and expressed full solidarity with the struggle and promised that their party would raise the issues both inside the Parliament and also across the country.

A team of MPs and distinguished citizens would visit the valley very soon, mostly before the beginning of the Monsoon session, to raise the issues both within the country and also at every national fora. Modi led Modi Govt.

Protest actions were also held in different cities of Mumbai, Pune by support groups and memorandums to the president were given.

Concluding the two day dharna, a mashaal juloos was undertaken by the protesters and was resolved that satyagraha will be held in every village of the submergence area,where thousands of families,schools, temples, mosques, ghats, markets, panchayats, lakhs of trees etc. still exit.

Meera, Bhagirath Dhangar, Yogini Khanolkar, Kailash Awasya, Kamla Yadav

Contact : 9818905316

Press Release: Unlawful demolition leaves 600 homeless in Mumbai


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Press Release 21st May 2014


Slum dwellers start Satyagraha asserting their right to shelter: Aam Aadmi Party to support

National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) condemns the unlawful eviction of 600 people and brutal demolition of 130 homes that took place at 90 ft. Road, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Nagar, Mulund (E), Mumbai yesterday, May 20th.

In January 2013, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had set up an enquiry commission to curb corrupt practices plaguing 6 SRA (Slum Rehabilitation Authority) projects and Re-development plans in slum areas of Mumbai after local residents had exposed the irregularities. The commission was led by Mr. Debashish Chakrabarty, Principal Secretary (Housing).

It is after 1 year and 5 months of investigation that Mr Chakrabarty submitted his report to Chief Minister in which it is concluded that the slum dwellers should approach the Additional Collector for getting the eligibility issue resolved, and for other issues they are asked to submit their application to the SRA who would give an hearing and settle the issues. All this is yet to happen. It is also not clear that whether the CM has approved the report however the report is recently received by NAPM and the NAPM was to act on the same. It is therefore absolutely unjustifiable that the houses are demolished without serving the purpose of the enquiry itself.

While the enquiry is extra-ordinarily delayed, Samarth Spark Developers have used this opportunity to their own advantage, which is grabbing land by displacing the poor. First, they have cleverly manipulated the law by prompting Ashtabhuja Society to file a case against them (vide writ petition 647/2014 date. 03.04.2014) as a result of which the High Court has ordered demolition of these houses. Whether the court was kept in dark about the enquiry commission or not, its judgement has led to the demolition even before the enquiry’s final findings. Then, in cahoots with the local administration, they’ve carried out the demolition before the victims could take recourse to law.

Demolitions were carried out in the early hours of morning by Tehsildar Smt. Dalvi under direct orders from Deputy Collector Ravi Patil.

Out of the 136 demolished homes, 16 were unsurveyed and hence didn’t qualify for demolition.

Out of the demolished houses 111 didn’t qualify under the 1/1/95 cut-off for slum dwellings but they were to be in the process of getting declared as eligible since the government had decided to increase the 95 cut-off to the year 2000. [‘Free housing for slumdwellers till 2000’ |TNN | Jan 3, 2012]. The Deputy Collector was well-informed about this process but went ahead with the demolitions showing clear bias for the builder fraternity at the cost of urban poor. It is thus clear that the election promises to the urban poor in Mumbai have already forgotten and the politicians are back to their unjustice & illegal practices.

Ten households which were legal structure, but had denied rehabilitation in transit camps were also evicted. Their inability to move into the transit camp was again an administrative blunder as the camp was situated on disputed land (public playground). In any case the transit camp are in a very bad condition and while others are compelled to stay there this households had demanded a legal and liveable transit accommodation. Such high-handedness is unacceptable in any civilized society and can only lead to further disenchantment of the people from administrative machinery and alienation from recourse to law. Other households have been demanding their inclusion in the housing scheme of ashtabhuja society as project affected person (PAPs) since this was accepted by the ashtabhuja society when they were granted the land for the housing project inspite of about 600 families living on the land at the time of allotment.

Ms Medha patkar had called and spoken to Chief Minister asking him to intervene in the matter and not to permit eviction and demolition of houses till the process of enquiry is completed and justice is assured. He had promised to do the same but with no avail.

Eviction notices were handed out on 19th May, 2014 at 1 PM. Showing exemplary promptness and utmost loyalty to their builder benefactors, officials carried out demolitions much before the stipulated deadline of 24 hours was over. At 9.30 AM, 600 families including children, senior citizens and a large number of women were thrown on the streets. Their personal possessions lie buried in the rubble, and in the scorching heat and an impending monsoon, all these citizens of Mumbai have been cruelly left at the mercy of nature.

In the past 11 years, SRA plans have shown little progress. The CAG report for Maharashtra (Civil) dated 31st march 2011 clearly indicates the failure of this scheme.

It is important for media to note the fact that in the past, Chief Promoter of the SRA – Moreshwar Koli and aides of Samarth Spark Developers led by Dattaji Desai and Raju Salve have taken violent measures to take over the land. They are responsible for not just intimidation, but goons were hired on 10th July, 2011 to inflict serious assault on members of Ambedkar Basti.

At this hour of extreme injustice, we seek the support of all citizens of this country who believe in the basic right of shelter for all human beings. Demolition is an act of violence with official sanction; its victims are poor who are living in shanties not out of choice. By criminalizing hard-working women and innocent children, Mumbai will only become a city but without a heart.

Sumit Wajale (9892727063) Altamash Shaikh (7738991699) Poonam kanojiya

Ajay Palande Santosh Thorat Jameel bhai.