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MP: A week on, villagers protest in neck-deep water

Sep 05, 2012 09:22 AM IST India India

Khandwa: Over 130 villagers in Madhya Pradesh have been protesting in neck-deep water for the past one week to seek compensation from the government. The protest is the first of a kind in Gopalgaon in the Khandwa district.

The villagers are demanding compensation for their land which was submerged after the Omkareshwar Dam height was raised. The Supreme Court has said they should be compensated adequately and rehabilitated as well.

"We are sitting here with a resolve, we will stay here until we drown," said one of the protestors. The 'Narmada Bachao Andolan' is demanding land for land for the villagers, but the government says they have already been compensated.

There were similar scenes in Khardna in Harda district where 90 villagers affected by the Indira Sagar project are seeking relief.