Catch News, 30 June 2016, Madhya Pradesh: While the rest of the nation has been waiting with bated breath for the monsoons, those inhabiting the banks of the river Narmada have been dreading the onset of rains this year. The 45,000 families that live in the districts of Bus Badwani, Dhar and Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh, among others, have been living in the fear of being rendered homeless due to floods.

It has been 30 years since the Satyagraha movement was initiated, protesting the construction of the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the river Narmada, in Gujarat. The protests, however, have been largely disregarded, and the construction of the dam continues unabated, threatening the lives of thousands.

In an interview with Patrika, leader of the Narmada Bachao Campaign Medha Patkar talked about the plight of these families in the face of the upcoming monsoons. She highlighted the jeopardy that these tribal families have been living in, and the lackadaisical attitude of the Madhya Pradesh government in dealing with the issue.



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