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Press release: NAPM

The Chief Justice of India to hear Sardar Sarovar related cases on August 8th 2017

No Forcible displacement without full compliance with all orders by the Apex Court

The Supreme Court today heard the serious concerns over massive displacement due to Sardar Sarovar. The SLP against the interim order of the High Court of MP contented that the R&R sites in MP don’t have all basic amenities and hence it’s impossible for thousands of families to shift to such sites. It is non compliance of the Supreme Court’s order dated 8.2.2017, since the packages for farmers are not paid to 50% and more families and instead of amenities, temporary resettlement of thousands into the tin sheds is what is planned. The cultural, religious sites and amenities are almost all in the original villages.

The Writ Petition under article 32 was filed by the eminent persons including Justice Panachand Jain, Kuldip nayar, Aruna Roy, Hanan Mollah ji, Manoranjan Mohanti, Soumya Dutta and Annie Raja with Prayer to save all the displaced farmers to landless from both the petitions were today listed before the Justice R. Nariman and Justice S Kaul when the Bench forwarded it to the bench of Chief Justice whose order of February 8, 2017 is under reference.

The Chief Justice then heard Senior Adv. Sanjay Parikh and Adv. Prashant Bhushan assisted by Adv. Clifton Rozario immediately, today itself. The CJI was told about the serious crisis and huge scale of displacement and impact on anywhere upto 40,000 families depending on floods.

The Chief Justice of India then agreed to hear the cases, in spite of one Writ Petition pending before the High Court, and fixed the dates of August 8th, 2017.

Narmada Bachao Andolan welcomes the openness shown by the Apex court that has taken cognizance of the serious issues and the situation that would lead to violation of Right to Life and bring the devastation of age old communities and their resources.

Narmada Bachao Andolan however, believes that the Government of India, Government of MP and Maharashtra has to immediately decide against any violence and brutal forcible eviction of  a few lakh people. There should be no filling of reservoir with water to drain the life and livelihood.

The fast of Medha Patkar with 11 others is to continue for justice, non violence and democratic humane development. Gayatri bahen, Kadmaal, Vimla Bai, Khaparkheda, Dharmendra Kanhera, Khaparkheda, Bhagwati Bahen, Nisarpur, Manjula Bai, Nisarpur, Pushpa Bai, Nisarpur, Rameshwar Awalda, Bau, Awalda, Rukmani bai, Nisarpur, Chota Badda, Sevanti Bai, Chota Barda, all the representatives of various sections and categories of the displaced Sardar Sarovar affected are on fast with commitment to the cause and determination.

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Contact for further details, Rahul Yadav 9179617513, Himshi Singh 9867348307

Aug 1, 2017