Following public outcry, the CM of Madhya Pradesh has promised to compensate the oustees of Omkareshwar dam and has set up a grievance redressal committee to listen to people's demands. This, however, is a partial victory as protests are still continuing at IndiraSagar dam in Harda district.
Illegal Move By MP Govt.
The water level in Omkareshwar and Indira Sagar dams in the Narmada Valley has been illegally raised causing submergence of large areas of land. The displaced have not been rehabilitated and resettled as per rehabilitation policy.
After many pleas and protests to the government to get fair compensation and rehabilitation, they have been standing in chin-deep water of the omkareshwar dam for 13 days now. The jal-satyagrahies have developed blisters all over their body and their condition is getting worse everyday.
The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh has turned a deaf ear to this crisis.
Supreme Court Orders Not Followed
Although the Supreme Court has clearly ordered that these oustees have to be rehabilitated 6 months before submergence, thousands of families who are yet to be rehabilitated are now being submerged in complete violation of Supreme Court and High Court orders.
The government has started raising the water level of the Indira Sagar Dam beyond 260 meters in violation of the Supreme court and High court orders.
The oustees of the Omkareshwar and Indira Sagar dam in the Narmada valley in Madhya Pradesh need your support.
Their demands are-
1. Compensate and rehabilitate whose lands have been submerged by the dam
2. The government immediately intervene to address the grievances of people in Khandwa
3. Reduce the water level in Omkareshwar and Indira Sagar dam which has already submerged hundreds of acres of agricultural land and villages.
Thank you for your support.
Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan,
Government of Madhya Pradesh,
Fax: 91-755-2441781, 2540501,
Subject : Urgent action regarding oustees of Omkareshwar and Indira Sagar Dams.
We have learnt with deep shock that the water level in Omkareshwar and Indira Sagar dams in the Narmada Valley have been illegally raised causing submergence of numerous lands and houses of oustees of these dams. Oustees of these dams have not been rehabilitated and resettled as per rehabilitation policy by giving them agricultural land and other rehabilitation entitlements. Although the Supreme Court has clearly ordered that these oustees have to be rehabilitated 6 months before submergence, thousands of families who are yet to be rehabilitated are now being submerged in complete violation of Supreme Court and High Court orders.
We have also learned that many oustees have been standing in Omkareshwar dam water and also in Indira Sagar dam, demanding reduction in water level and rehabilitation before submergence. It is extremely disturbing that the oustees have to embark on Jal Satygraha to get their due rehabilitation rights.
We, therefore request you to immediately order reduction in water level in Omkareshwar dam to 189 meters and in Indira Sagar Dam to 260 meters and rehabilitate all the oustees by giving agricultural land and other rehabilitation entitlements.