Don't raise water level in Maheshwar dam,
  • Petitioned Dr Manmohan Singh

This petition was delivered to:

Prime Minister of India
Dr Manmohan Singh
United Progressive Alliance,
Mrs. Sonia Gandhi,
Ministry of Environment and Forests,
Mrs. Jayanthi Natarajan,
Chief Minister, Government of Madhya Pradesh,
Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Don't raise water level in Maheshwar dam,

    1. Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
    2. Petition by

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal

      Mumbai (Bombay), India

the Maheshwar hydel power project being built on river Narmada is a privatized project which was handed over to the S.Kumars group of companies. Around 70,000 people of 61 villages are affected by the submergence of the dam. In the last 16 years, the project promoters have resolutely refused to rehabilitate the displaced families, so that more than 85% oustees remain to be resettled till date and 100% of the oustees remain to be rehabilitated. Yet the Maheshwar dam is 90% complete and the promoters are seeking to fill the dam. In spite of this, the project promoters and Government of Madhya Pradesh has asked the Ministry of Environment and Forest to allow partial filling of reservoir till 154 meters.


On 27.8.2011, last monsoon, when the Shree Maheshwar Hydel Power Corporation Limited, the project authorities of the Maheshwar dam illegally closed the gates of Maheshwar dam and illegally filled the reservoir up to 154 meters at the dam site and to higher levels at the further reaches, many houses and lands got submerged in several villages. Since no back water impact at 154 meters has been estimated by the authorities, any permission to raise the water level to EL 154 meters is likely to cause huge submergence and death of hundreds of people.


 0% rehabilitation has been achieved and less than 15% of the resettlement of the oustees has been achieved, although the same is required to be completed before reservoir filling is permitted. Even the Maheshwar dam oustees affected at 154 meters are yet to be rehabilitated. 


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Don't raise water level in Maheshwar dam, says NBA

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      The Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) has opposed the Madhya Pradesh government's move to fill up the Maheshwar dam up to a height of 154 metres and has warned of a “jal satyagraha” if the government goes ahead with the decision.

      The State government, along with the Maheshwar project promoter Shree Maheshwar Hydel Power Corporation Ltd (SMHPCL), has asked permission from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to fill up the dam up to 154 metres.

      A MoEF team that visited the affected areas on March 22 and 23, is yet to submit its report on the matter.

    3. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Nilesh Shinde PUNE, UNITED STATES
      • about 2 years ago

      this project is affecting many life's. it is harming nature also. the present government is not at all environment friendly. they are destroying our mother earth, they only want money,power. what about the common man, nature......

      to save our future...i'm signing this petition.

    • Laxminarayan Sohner BARWANI, MP
      • about 2 years ago

      Raising water level in Maheshwar dam without proper resettlement of affected people will be un-ethical practice by government and shows a Hippocratic democracy in India. I protest for raising dam level without consent of people being affected with dam.

    • Sandeep Pattnaik BHUBANESWAR, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      The government should learn from it's past mistakes.

    • Eshwer Kale PUNE, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      The government has repeatedly shown that it is shameless on issue of displacement, therefore, we must stick to first rehabilitation then construction.

    • Vinay Mahajan AHMEDABAD, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      The governments of the day must learn to respect their own laws.


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