NGO Forum on ADB, a civil society network of over 250 organizations across Asia expresses its deep concern at the growing humanitarian crisis in Narmada valley, Central India, where thousands of families are being evicted without rehabilitation for the Sardar Sarovar Dam and Power (Narmada dam financed by World Bank). We also express our solidarity and deep concern for the health of the inspiring leader of the movement Medha Patkar, who is into her 6th day of indefinite fast.
The Narmada dam has been financed by World Bank violating all forms of social and environmental safeguarding, leading to over 32,000 families facing displacement and awaiting rehabilitation. NGO Forum on ADB strongly believes that the Narmada Bachao Andolan has been pivotal in triggering multilateral development banks (MDBs) to adopt safeguard policies and accountability mechanisms, and continues to be an inspiration to social movements globally on the art of non-violent struggle.
We stand in solidarity with the movement and people involved in the Narmada struggle.
We demand the Government of India, and concerned state governments to address the demands of the struggle and avoid a further humanitarian crisis.