The Sardar Sarovar Project came into existence to benefit the farmers and promised water to the drought prone areas of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The first stone of the Dam was laid in the year 1961 and since then the saga of submergence of multiple villages in the command area began. Narmada River became the primary gathering spot with protesters submerging themselves in the river as a sign of suffering. So many people died and lost everything. To achieve the fulfillment of the dam's vision, many villagers lost everything they had, cattles, occupations, and livelihood were compromised. The homes given were of very poor quality with tin shade and no primary facilities. The ultimate way left for many helpless people was suicide as no hope for future could be seen.
Medha Patkar, 36 others start Jal Satyagraha in Narmada ahead of PM dedicating SSP to nation