People who were displaced because of the Sardar Sarovar Dam project were rehabilitated and given land to cultivate and earn a livelihood. However, our Community Correspondent from Nandurbar, Maharashtra Chetan Salve reports that several farmers who received land did not get an electricity connection to irrigate the fields. This made the task of cultivating the fields hard for the farmers.
For three years, farmers waited for an electricity connection but they never received it. Chetan, along with local farmers went to the local District Collector's office and submitted an application. After Chetan's intervention the local media also reported on the issue. They also received support from activists like Medha Patkar.
Today, Nandurbar farmers are happy that they finally have a electricity connection using which they can extract groundwater and irrigate their fields.
Daily wage labourers and small vendors are struggling to make ends meet.
Ambulance drivers are risking their lives without any protective equipment.