Madhya Pradesh's 'Jal Satyagraha': An unusual protest

Updated: September 07, 2012 09:08 IST

In Madhya Pradesh's Khandwa area, 51 people stayed immersed in water for the 13th day on Friday in what's being called a 'jal satyagraha'. The protestors are demanding compensation and rehabilitation for villagers whose homes will be submerged under water after the state government's order of opening all the gates of the Omkareshwar dam in Madhya Pradesh.

In Pics: Madhya Pradesh\'s \'Jal satyagraha\'
In Madhya Pradesh's Khandwa area, 51 people stayed immersed in water for the 14th day on Friday in what's being called a 'jal satyagraha'. The protestors are demanding compensation and rehabilitation for villagers whose homes will be submerged under water after the state government's order of opening all the gates of the Omkareshwar dam in Madhya Pradesh.
In Pics: Madhya Pradesh\'s \'Jal satyagraha\'
The protestors, members of the 'Narmada Bachao Andolan', say the government's decision to increase the water level of the Omkareshwar on the Narmada without rehabilitating people living in low lying villages is a violation of a Supreme Court order, which says villagers must be rehabilitated at least six months before such a move is implemented.
In Pics: Madhya Pradesh\'s \'Jal satyagraha\'
"Till the time water level comes down to 189 and as per court orders, we get the 5 acre land. And labourers get Rs. 2.5 lakh. Till that time even if we die, we will sit here," said one of the 51 protestors at Madhya Pradesh's Ghogal village, who have been sitting in water for the past 13 days.
In Pics: Madhya Pradesh\'s \'Jal satyagraha\'
Despite the deteriorating health of the protestors, the government has so far offered no medical help. No one from the local administration has visited the spot of the protest.
In Pics: Madhya Pradesh\'s \'Jal Satyagraha\'
The water of the Omkareshwar dam has already risen to 190.5 meters and its effects can been seen in Ghogal, Kaamankheda and 28 other villages, where crops have been damaged.

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