Badwani, September 9, 2015:
And yet this is what the centre and the states are doing to deceive people and deny them
rehabilitation rights, while installing the gates on SSP dam in violation of the Narmada Tribunal award and Supreme Court judgements.
BWL #1: DISASTER MANAGEMENT BACKWATER LEVELS
Note that according to this document the Backwater curve would begin at the dam site at a level of 134.32mts (which is called the afflux level) and grow in height as the water backs up to Gazipura/Khalghat in Madhya Pradesh and beyond. If the dam is fully constructed and gates are installed, then the curve would begin at the dam site at the Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of 138.68 m, which is a 4.36 m higher afflux level. In other words at Gazipura/Khalghat the backwater levels would reach 149.85 + 4.36 = 154 to 155 mts with the gates installed and dam at FRL.
BWL #2: BACKWATER LEVELS BASED ON WHICH REHABILITATION IS BEING DONE
For Gazipura/Khalghat village, with the dam at the full height of FRL 138.68 meters, for the same 24.5 lakh cusecs peak flood, the Backwater levels were calculated (or should we say manipulated?) to be only 144.92 metres. Thus according to the manipulated calculation, the submergence would only come to 144.92 metres and those above this height will not be eligible for rehabilitation. Compare this level with BWL#1 in the previous paragraph, which for Gazipura/Khalghat is 154 to 155 m (a good 10 metres higher) for the dam at FRL.
Not only that, even for the dam at 122 m, Gazipura/Khalghat's BWL#1 of 149.85 metres is already much higher than 144.92 mts that is being used to deny rehabilitation to families whose homes are surely going to be submerged.
To imagine the scale of the problem the villages and town to be affected by Narmada are facing, consider a coastal city like Mumbai or Chennai. Now imagine that the sea level rises by 5 to 10 metres. What would be the impact to all the homes in the city next to the sea due to such a Tsunami? How far will the water go in and how much damage will it do? This is the scale of the injustice that the villagers from the Narmada valley are facing.
Why is the government doing this?
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