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Omkareshwar dam protests: Madhya Pradesh government assures action

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Sep 08, 2012 at 02:57pm IST

New Delhi: The Madhya Pradesh government on Saturday promised action on the rising water level in the Omkareshwar Dam after nearly 15 days of protests by people living in villagers nearby that are threatened by it.

Activists of the Narmada Bachao Andolan, who is spearheading the protests whereby people have been standing neck-deep in water, met Industries Minister Kailash Vijay Varghese and Tribal Welfare Minister Vijay Shah in Bhopal.

The ministers assured them of all help.

Varghese said, "The state government was not ignorant of the issue. Earlier talks between government and activists had failed. We will take every possible step to help the displaced people. Hopefully, we will come up with some decision today after meeting with the CM."

NBA activist Alok Agarwal, however, said that till the time the government comes up with some decision, their jal satyagraha will continue.

The activists claim that the water level in the dam has reached 193 meters that could wash out homes and livelihood of over 50,000 people.

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