Petition to President of India to stop inauguration of Sardar Sarovar Dam
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Mr. Ram Nath Kovind
President of India
Your Excellency President Kovind
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi desires to inaugurate the controversial Sardar Sarovar Dam across the Narmada River on his birthday, 17th September 2017. In preparation, the dam gates have been closed and water level has been steadily rising in the submergence zone, particularly in Madhya Pradesh state. Water is even being diverted to Sardar Sarovar Dam from other unfilled dams to prepare for the so called Narmada Mahotsav on PM Modi’s birthday.
Forty thousand families continue to live in the submergence zone of the Sardar Sarovar Dam as they have not been rehabilitated as per the Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal Award and other relevant judgements. Their livestock, agricultural lands, forests, homes and everything that belongs to them is being drowned in town after town, village after village, across the Narmada Valley. Their rehabilitation remains incomplete despite various assurances of state and union governments and the continuous monitoring of rehabilitation by the Supreme Court of India. In fact, thousands of applications for rehabilitation remain unopened before the Grievance Redressal Authority.
To close the dam gates and fill the reservoir to celebrate 'Narendra mahotsav' (festival of Narendra), causing the forcible drowning thousands of families in the process, is one of the greatest human rights violations in the history of free India. Such bizarre and colossal abuse of power is unheard of in any democratically governed country.
As citizens, we simply cannot stand by and watch this unprecedented carnage of drowning the lives of fellow women, men, children and the elderly of our country. We cannot allow Prime Minister Modi to celebrate his birthday at the cost of fundamental rights and freedoms of people, particularly those who have lost everything for the dam.
Your Excellency President Kovind, we believe it is your duty as the First Citizen of India to step up and join us in stopping this massive abuse of executive power. Therefore, we urge you to immediately take appropriate action and stop Prime Minister Narendra Modi from celebrating his birthday by inaugurating the Sardar Sarovar Dam. The dam, which has destroyed thousands of acres of forests, displaced hundreds of thousands of people and ruined the holy River Narmada, can be inaugurated in a secular manner once rehabilitation is complete.
We urge you to immediately initiate corrective action with due dispatch, as the continuance of lives of tens of thousands in the submergence zone now hinges on your right action.
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