Many stay put in MP as Nar­mada rises

The Asian Age - - Front Page - RABINDRA NATH CHOUD­HURY

Bhopal: The ris­ing wa­ters of the Nar­mada river has par­tially sub­merged sev­eral houses and farm­lands lo­cated on the banks of the river in Mad­hya Pradesh. Ac­tivists have said that many fam­i­lies are still stay­ing put in their homes in the ar­eas sub­merged par­tially by the river, de­mand­ing com­pen­sa­tion.

As the wa­ter level in the sub­mer­gence area of the Sar­dar Sarovar Dam on the Nar­mada rose, sev­eral habi­ta­tions, in­clud­ing farm­lands, lo­cated on the banks of the river in Mad­hya Pradesh were sub­merged.

Even as so­cial ac­tivists fight­ing for the cause of the peo­ple fac­ing dis­place­ment by Sar­dar Sarovar Dam Pro­ject (SSP), built on river Nar­mada in Gu­jarat, have claimed that many fam­i­lies have still stayed put in their houses sub­merged par­tially by the river wa­ter de­mand­ing com­pen­sa­tion, of­fi­cials said Na­tional Dis­as­ter Re­sponse Force (NDRF) has be­gun the process of evac­u­at­ing peo­ple in th­ese ar­eas to safer places.

“There is no re­sis­tance from any­body dur­ing evac­u­a­tion of the af­fected fam­i­lies. Peo­ple have vol­un­teered to shift to re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tres. NDRF has been de­ployed to help them in their re­lo­ca­tion,” a lo­cal sub-di­vi­sional mag­is­trate in Bar­wani

dis­trict said.

Sev­eral vil­lages, in­clud­ing low-level ar­eas in Nis­arpur town, were sub­merged on Fri­day as the wa­ter level rose to 128.3 me­ters.

“More than 400 fam­i­lies in the sub­mer­gence area were on Satur­day moved to safer places,” a se­nior dis­trict of­fi­cer told this news­pa­per on Satur­day.

How­ever, so­cial ac­tivists ag­i­tat­ing for suit­able re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of peo­ple fac­ing dis­place­ment by the pro­ject.

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