Wednesday, April 26, 2006

In solidarity

The Narmada Solidarity Forum in Bangalore is organising a rally to protest the Government's failure to rehabilitate the several thousand families displaced by the Sardar Sarovar Project.

Time: 3:00 pm
Date: Saturday, April 29th, 2006
Route: from Chiklalbagh (beside Bangalore Bus Station) to Banappa Park followed by a Public Meeting at the Banappa Park at 5:00 pm

For further details contact: The Narmada Solidarity Forum at

The government wants to raise the Sardar Sarovar dam height to 121m despite the fact that the Supreme Court has said that rehabilitation must take place first before the height is raised. In March 2006, three members of the NBA including Medha Patkar went on a fast for 20 days before the government agreed to discuss the issue.

In April 2006, three Union Ministers visited the Narmada valley and reported to the Prime Minister that rehabilitation has NOT taken place. The SupremeCourt however has allowed the government to continue construction of the dam while violating its own guidelines. It will re-examine the states' reports on the rehabilitation on May 1 2006. The lives and lands of thousands of people depend on the Supreme Court's decision.

The State has shown that it operates responsibly only when forced to do so. Please pass the word around.