On June 11, 2007, the government of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh closed the gates of the Omkareshwar dam in the Narmada valley. Since then, dozens of villages have been flooded, and houses, fields and trees have disappeared under the water. Most families from the submerged villages have not been given new land -- they have nowhere to go.
Since the submergence started, the affected people have been doing everything in their power to protest their unjust treatment and the destruction of their livelihoods. People in semi-submerged Gunjari village in Madhya Pradesh are refusing to vacate their houses, and women are standing knee-deep in water for hours. In Khandwa, the district headquarters, 4,000 people have been sitting in protest, facing strong monsoon rainstorms, for more than two weeks.
Residents say that they will not vacate their villages until adequate rehabilitation is provided by the administration. Support the demands of the people in the Narmada Valley by sending this letter to the Chief Minister of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
Shri Shivraj Singh Chowhan, Chief Minister
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