Many stay put in MP as Narmada rises
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
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.