Greenpeace India Stands in Solidarity With Peoples' Movement - Narmada Bachao Andolan

Environmental group condemns the inauguration of Sardar Sarovar Dam

Press release - September 17, 2017
Solidarity statement for people who have protested peacefully across years. The civil society stands with Adivasis, activists, journalists, lawyers who have shown tremendous resilience to voice the environmental and social destruction in the region

 “Today is a very sad day for India, and for one of our biggest peoples' movement and struggle - the Narmada Bacchao Andolan.  The Sardar Sarovar Project, whose gates were inaugurated today, signals ruin not development for tens of thousands of unsuspecting, hapless and poor farmers and Advasis, in the absence of a just, genuine and fair rehabilitation programme. This is tragically so despite a long struggle by civil society and activists, and the Supreme Court orders passed in favour of those likely to be affected.This so-called development project comes at an immeasurable cost when considered in terms of the dislocation and debasement caused to countless men, women and children, their hearths and homes, besides the destruction of forests, biodiversity and ecosystems.

As part of civil society, we condemn the inauguration of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, and stand in solidarity with the NBA who have displayed incredible courage and resilience, even now as they refuse to leave their homes by protesting peacefully in 'Jal Satyagraha'.

Sadly, the ecological consequences of turning the vibrant Narmada valley into a listless lake will be felt for generations to come and can never be reveresed.

Dr. Ravi Chellam, Executive Director, Greenpeace India


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