Narmada Project: Days before PM Modi inaugurates dam, protesters up the ante

Days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Gujarat for the inauguration of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, activists opposed to the displacement of tribal families in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh have upped the ante. On Thursday, while a group of activists and affected tribal families protested in the national capital, another protesting group, led by the Medha Patkar-led National Alliance of People’s Movement, led a dharna outside the Mantralaya gates in Maharashtra.

“In fact, thousands of families previously declared as project-affected people (PAPs) when the dam height had been raised to 121 meters had been deprived of the rehabilitation benefit. While they are yet to be compensated, the government has now stopped identifying them as PAPs.”

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