The Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA), India’s top anti-dam campaign organization, that following the Sardar Sarovar dam reaching full reservoir level (FRL), 138.68 metres, villages in the upstream have begun experiencing “earthquake tremors.” In a statement issued from Badwani, where NBA is holding a major rally to protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday bash at the dam site, NBA said, this is happening alongside “drowning” of villages in the Narmada valley.
“On September 16, around 6-7 pm, about half-a-dozen earthquake shocks were heard in Madil village throughout the night”, the statement says, adding, “The explosions were so big that the roof and roof of a house fell down. Apart from Madil, these tremors were felt overnight in Devjhiri, Sakar and Bhamoli villages of Rajpur tehsil. The people of the village could not sleep due to fear of collapse of houses and other buildings.”
Earlier, Eklavara and Segwa villages, which have been half submerged, constantly faced earthquakes, making the situation frightening for people, NBA said, adding, if till now hundreds of families were suffering due to submergence, now walls of houses are dilapidating and collapsing as water enters houses. Walls have cracks, they are falling apart because of earthquake.
NBA quotes Nar Singh, a resident of Madil Tehsil, as saying that for the last one month, there have been earthquake tremors sometimes in the interval of 5- 10 minutes. Blasts can be heard at night, ripping apart roofs. Luggage fells down. Children and family members sit in panic all night. Bricks, pottery and roofing of raw houses get damaged.
Despite such a terrible situation, the administration is not focused on this, the state government has not installed any state level team to check earthquake measuring devices, NBA regretted. The team from the Centre is investigating it, it seems it does not have full understanding of the area. The reports of earthquake measuring instruments are not being disclosed.