Saturday, 21 July 2012

Urgent Action Alert: Rising Waters in Wang-Marathwadi

Water above Waist – level in Wang  Marathwadi
Fax Now to CM, Dy. CM and Rehab Minister of Maharashtra 
You all must have been following the updates from Satara on the struggle by the Wang Marathwadi dam-affected villagers. As in the case of numerous dam-projects, even here, most of the project oustees are yet to be rehabilitated suitably with alternative land and livelihood. Out of not less than 1700 affected families, barely 30% have received some form of rehabilitation and the rest are still having to struggle for their rights.  
Responding to the people's demands and dialogue at the Mantralaya with the Rehabilitation Minister, Mr. Patang Rao Kadam and the District Collector, Satara in May, 2012, it was committed that good agricultural lands would be shown to the oustees at Sangli. However, they were only shown uncultivable lands, that were unacceptable to the PAFs.
After constant agitation in the standing waters and negotiations, the district administration agreed not to close two gates this monsoon. However, with the constant rains and rising waters, people are compelled to continue with their Jal Satyagraha. If the State does not intervene immediately, it will prove to be a watery grave for hundreds of oustee families.  
Even as we write to you, hundreds of women, men and children, even elderly persons are standing in waist-deep water, facing the rising reservoir, continuing their Jal Satyagraha and challenging the cruel inaction of the state government in responding to the legitimate demands of the displaced families.
Please do respond to this crisis call of the affected villagers, striving to save their farms, families and village-communities.  
Immediately call and fax:
Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister
Fax: +91-22-22029214
Shri R.R. Patil, Home Minister
Fax: 91 22 22027174 / 22 22029742
For details and update call: Suniti S.R. 09423571784 / Madhuresh 9818905316
 Urgent Action: Official Letters preventing reservoir-filling and directing prior rehabilitation
Sl. No.
Date of Letter
Content of Letter
Rajesh Narvekar, Deputy Secretary, Revenue and Forest Dept.
Dr. N. Ramaswamy, Collector, Satara
Direction to expedite and complete the rehabilitation of the Wang – Marathwadi project affected families, prior to any further work on the dam and submit a compliance report to the state government
Dy. District Officer (Rehabilitation), Satara
Executive Engineer (EE), Minor Irrigation projects, Satara
In pursuance with the policy decision of the Govt. Of Maharashtra dated 14-9-2004 of "Rehabilitation First, Dam Next",  filling of any dam reservoir requires prior sanction of the District Collector. The Rehabilitation Officer warned the EE that if the oustees face any problem due to reservoir filling, he would have to take entire responsibility for the same.
Rajesh Narvekar, Deputy Secretary, Revenue and Forest Dept.
Dr. N. Ramaswamy, Collector, Satara
Direction to the Collector to submit an immediate Action Taken Report on the ministerial decision to withdraw the false cases slapped against the oustees and activists of the Wang Marathwadi Displaced persons affected organization.
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