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Action Alert : Stop Canal Excavation in Already Irrigated Villages in Narmada Valley Using Police Force

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    *Action Alert :** **Ask Environment Minister and CM Madhya Pradesh to S**top **C**anal **E**xcavation* *in Already Irrigated Villages in Narmada Valley Using
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      Action Alert : Ask Environment Minister and CM Madhya Pradesh to Stop Canal Excavation
      in Already Irrigated Villages in Narmada Valley Using Police Force

      Release Arrested Activists

      March 22 : Today 34 men and 8 women, villagers and Narmada Bachao Andolan Activists were arrested by the Khargone Police while resisting excavation of Omkareshwar canals in fully irrigated village Nandra (Tehsil Maheshwar, District Khargone). This was feared and that's why Narmada Bachao Andolan had made submissions to the Ministry of Environment and Forest and also met senior officials in the Ministry on March 19th in Delhi. Since, early today morning JCB machines have been excavating fertile irrigated land inspite of people's protests. Farmers who have not accepted any compensation till date their land has also been excavated. They intend to continue this even now.

      We urge you all to write to mosefgoi@... Minister, Ministry of Environment and Forest, pstocmbpl@..., Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh and ask them to stop canal excavations, withdraw the police, produce actual data on irrigation in Nandra and other villages and not take any further action on the canals work.

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      It needs to be noted that an Expert Committee Expert Committee of MoEF for Monitoring implementation of CAD Plans of OSP and ISP, undertook a visit to the canal-affected and command areas of the ISP and OSP canals on 19th and 20th February and saw with its own eyes the ground situation. The Committee is to submit its second report soon. 


      The Committee including Chairperson Shri B.P. Das (Hydrologist), Member Secretary Shri Lakhwinder Singh (Chief Conservator of Forests), Shri B.B. Barman (Director, MoEF), Dr. Nandini Sharma (Health Expert), Shri T.S. Nair (Cropping Pattern Expert) and Shri Pawan Kumar (Director, Environment, Narmada Control Authority) held public hearings in villages Shirsala and Perkhad (Tehsil Manavar, District Dhar) and also heard hundreds of farmers in villages Chikalda (Tehsil Kukshi, Dist. Dhar) and Village Attarsumba (Tehsil Badwah, District Khargone). Numerous other officials of the Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) including Mr. Ajnare, Executive Engineer accompanied the team. Hundreds of farmers, along with activists and adivasis were also present and informed the team of experts at every point. 

      However, it is completely unreasonable and unfair that the Madhya Pradesh government is pushing canal excavation in Nandra by deploying police force and arresting villagers. Expert Committee had previously as well called for data on irrigated villages from Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) and recommended a review of canals in these villages, which has not yet been done by NVDA. The excavation being pushed, time and again, by deploying police force is completely unnecessary and will only lead to destruction.
      We urge you all to write to mosefgoi@... Minister, Ministry of Environment and Forest, pstocmbpl@..., Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh and ask them to stop canal excavations, withdraw the police, produce actual data on irrigation in Nandra and other villages and not take any further action on the canals work.
      Kindly intervene urgently to ensure that the agriculture and livelihoods of the villagers of Nandra is protected and no excavation is undertaken.

      Medha Patkar

      Karansing (Nandra)

      Tarachand (Nandra)

      Vikram (Nandra)

      Lalchand Patidar (Nandra)

      Contact: 09179148973 | 09826811982


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      Add: Narmada-Ashish, Off Kasravad Road, Navalpura, Badwani, Madhya Pradesh – 451551;

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      Add: Narmada-Ashish, Off Kasravad Road, Navalpura, Badwani, Madhya Pradesh – 451551;

      Ph: 07290-291464  | 291938

      Fax: 07290-222549;

      Mob: 9179148973 9926305445

      E-mail: nba.badwani@...





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