Impact: Community brings Narmada oustee justice

Atya Devji Padvi, a Narmada ousted farmer from Taloda district of Maharashtra, had been demanding his rightful land from Maharashtra government for more than 20 years but had given up hopes of ever owning a land once again. But Chetan Salve, the community's correspondent is also an activist with the Narmada Bachao Andolan demanded that Atya be given his rightful land and through organised community efforts, finally brought justice to Atya, after 20 years.

Since 1985, over 41,000 families have been displaced in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat by the Sardar Sarovar Project. In Maharashtra, 4,262 families have been identified so far as project-affected people.

We thank the helpful Sardar Sarovar representatives and Narmada Bachao Andolan activists, Latika Rajput and Vijay Wadve, who have been instrumental in this victory.

Community correspondent Chetan Salve reports from Maharashtra for Video Volunteers.

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