Four protest rallies were held last month in Waghai, Ahwa and Kali Bhil areas of the Dangs and Dharampur town of Valsad.The joint population (as per census data) of these towns is around 45,000.The protesters claimed that tribals settled along the river bank have developed the forest land allotted to them into agricultural farms by incurring substantial expenditure and with the construction of the reservoirs, their farmland will be submerged and they will lose their livelihood. It will also result in their displacement. Six reservoirs Jheri, Paikhed, Chasmandva, Chikkar, Dabdar and Kelwan are to be built over rivers Par, Nar, Tan, Auranga, Ambica, Kapri and Purna. The projects envisages transfer of surplus water of rivers in Maharashtra and south Gujarat to feed the command area of the Miyagam branch of Narmada canal. It will save water in Narmada dam, which will be taken to Saurashtra and Kutch.
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