Bhopal, Sep 10 (): Villagers of Khandwa and Harda districts in Madhya Pradesh who were displaced due to the rise in the level of the Omkareshwar dam, protesting in neck-deep water for the past seven-ten days have been at last successful for drawing the attention of the Centre as a Central team of observers will be visiting the site today.
The villagers who lost their maximum belongings due to the dam have embarked on ‘Jal Satyagraha’, demanding the government to reduce the level of the Narmada river dam from 262 metres to 260 metres.
The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has assured the agitators standing in neck-deep waters of proper rehabilitation at the earliest.
The activists of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) who have been agitating for the last few decades on this issue, has come forward to the rescue of the agitators. The activists also met the Industry Minister Kailash Vijay Vijaywargiya and Tribal Welfare Minister Vijay Shah on Sunday regarding the issue of the villagers who were assured by the ministers to put an end to the crisis soon.
The hue and cry that was noticed at both state as well as national level directed the Madhya Pradesh chief minister to send his ministers, Kailash Vijaywargia and Vijay Shah to the protesting agitators who after taking note of the villagers’ inputs have assured them to protect their rights.
“I, on behalf of the government with my hands folded request all of you to withdraw your Jal Satyagraha.I shall furnish my reports to the Chief Minister, who will definitely fulfill all your demands,” said Vijaywargia to the agitators.
The activists are staging the protest as the water level in the dam has reached 193 meters. The villagers whose lands have been submerged due to the rise in the height of the dam at Indira Sagar Project on river Narmada are demanding land from the government.
Even after the State Human Rights Commission directed the state government to protect the safety of the affected people, the state government was unable to stop the submergence.