The Madhya Pradesh government has now admitted the number of affected villages due to Sardar Sarovar Dam, to 178 by improving the false data released by the previous government. This is likely to entitle thousands of families who were unlawfully deprived.
The Madhya Pradesh government has now admitted that the number of affected villages is 178 by correcting the false data released by the previous government. This is likely to help the thousands of families who were unlawfully deprived of their rights.
It is noteworthy that in 2017, the government claimed that only 6000 families in 76 villages are residing in the submergence area. However, the government had neither made the names of these villages’ public nor of the number of villagers affected. The figures were challenged by the movement after which the government has now accepted that 178 villages have many more affected residences.
The exact number of affected will be determined by surveying the area with the support and guidance of the movement. Accepting this fact by the government is a triumph of truth. By the illegal drowning brought by the Gujarat government with support from the Central Government, lakhs of trees and plants have been submerged.
If there is an average of 1000 trees in each village, then 2,50,000 trees in 178 villages have either drowned or are about to drown. The toxic gases produced by the rotting of this organic matter will have a long-term adverse effect on the local environment. Carbon dioxide and ammonia will alter the gaseous balance of the atmosphere, which will be harmful to local fauna and plants.
The geological and tectonic movement has intensified in the region with waterlogging at Sardar Sarovar Dam. Also, it is starting to intensify and expand. Earthquake tremors started on August 9 from Bhamori in Barwani district. These tremors have now reached Jholpipri (Anjar), proceeding from Sakad, Haribar, Umaria, Sivai, Bilwa Road, Mandil, Surana, Bandi, Devjhiri villages. It is a danger signal for the safety of the entire Narmada Valley.
Those affected by the illegal drowning without proper rehabilitation efforts are now in deep depression over concerns about their future. Despite the drowning, many affected are finding it difficult to leave their homes. Both the banana cultivation and the houses of the Nanuram tribesmen have been drowned in Semalda.