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October 20, 2017

NBA seeks justice for 40,000 families in the Narmada Valley


Newsroom24x7 Staff

Police action against protesters came on the 12th day of Medha Patkar’s indefinite fast at Chikhalda village in Dhar district on 7 July 2017

New Delhi/Bhopal: The Supreme Court today responded to a special leave petition (SLP) by deciding not to interfere with the proceedings pending before the Indore Bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court, which is already monitoring the Resettlement and Rehabilitation (R&R) of the Sardar Sarovar dam affected people.



When the matter came up for hearing in the High Court on 1 August 2017, it was adjourned to 10 August 2017, as the SLP filed in the apex court was listed for today (8 August 2017). Now the High Court will continue to monitor R&R where the petition is listed for hearing on 10 August 2017.

The people who are being evicted from their homes due to the Sardar Sarovar dam had filed the SLP in Supreme court against an interim order passed by the High Court. The SLP was filed against the orders of 19 June 2017 and 13 July 2017. In the order of 13 July, the High Court had sought a report on status of rehabilitation, rehabilitation sites and had adjourned the matter to 1 August 2017.

The SLP filed by Bhagirath Dhangar and others Vs State of MP came for hearing in Supreme Court today. The matter was argued by Fali Nariman, Sanjay Parikh and Prashant Bhushan. By its order of 8 February 2017, the Supreme Court had directed rehabilitation of the oustees. The apex court had also said that the oustees have to vacate their land by 31 July 2017, otherwise forcible eviction will take place. As per this order, entire R&R and work at the rehabilitation sites was to be completed. As R&R was not done as per SC judgments of 2000 and 2005 and the order of 8 February 2017, some villagers from the Narmada valley had filed a writ petition along with 602 interveners before the Indore Bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court.

Police batons with nails (Photo released by Narmada Bacho Andolan)

After the arrest of NBA leader Medha Patkar and the “violent attack” on fasting protesters by the police yesterday, access to Ms. Patkar who has been admitted in an Indore hospital and Dharmendra Bhai, Pushpa behan and others at Dhar hospital has been denied, the NBA today announced that their indefinite fast will continue in hospital. It has also been announced that 10 more people have gone on fast at Chikalda village.

A collective decision on whether or not they would be continuing with their indefinite fast will be taken after discussions that can only take place once Ms Patkar and others are released.


The fight will continue till full justice is done to the 40,000 families in the Narmada Valley, NBA has announced.

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