Kisan Sangharsh Samiti (KSS) founder president, ex-MLA Dr Sunilam and KSS Vice-President advocate Aradhana Bhargava expresses its solidarity with the struggling villagers of Mundra Taluk of Kachchh district, Gujarat against the new ship breaking/recycling facility proposed by Gautam Adani led Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZL).
The experience of KSS with the Adani’s Pench power project in Chindwara, Madhya Pradesh
has shown us that Aadani Group has no respect for laws of the land. Now it is apparent that they using the same tactics in Mundra, Gujarat. For Adani’s public hearings are an empty formality and an eye wash. The concerns of the affected people have never been dealt with in a democratic way under their influence. This company is in the habit of initiating their work without waiting for environmental clearances. In Chindwara, this company encroached upon the forest land and started its work. The protest by KSS resulted in the imposition of fine on the company and the district administrative authorities ordered the removal of encroachment but the company has not complied with the orders till date. Adani Group has snatched away the irrigation water of 50 villages affected by Pench diversion project in Chindwara.
The management of Adani and its goons attacked the leaders of KSS and managed the local police in such a way that in spite of direct communication with the Superintendent of Police, the police party reached the spot after two and a half hours when national media carried the news of deadly attack on the leaders.
KSS forewarns the villagers and the protesting organizations to be ready to cope with the anti-social activities of the company in question.
KSS realizes that all the struggles opposing the anti-people and anti-environment projects of Adani Group are essentially part of the same struggle for ensuring justice to the local people.
KSS invites the leaders opposing the Adani’s project to visit villages affected by Adani’s Pench power project. We want to assure you that we will also visit Mundra as and when we get information of any program of struggle in the area to extend our support to the struggle in Mundra.
KSS is engaged in legal battle against the Adani’s Pench power project in the National Green Tribunal, New Delhi. KSS has received tremendous support from National Alliance of Peoples Movements and Indian Social Action Forum especially when Dr Sunilam, the founder president of KSS was falsely sentenced for 52 years of imprisonment. Villagers and organizations saw the not so hidden hand of Adani Group in this conviction.
We are quite sure that the alliance and the forum will support the struggle against the Adani’s project in Mundra as well.
KSS holds that there is no justification for destruction of mangroves, leveling of sand dunes and adverse impacts on agriculture in Mundra. The struggle to save them deserves the support of all the peoples’ organizations, movements and progressive political parties.
Adani’s record of environmental destruction and non-compliance with regulations is highly unsatisfactory.
The adverse impact of the Adani group's Carmichael mine, Queensland, Australia on the Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage Site and among the most famous large ecosystems in the world has also come to light. It faces challenge from fishermen and environmental groups over there.
In Maharashtra, the government did not clear Adani's proposal to clear 1400 hectares of forest to mine next to the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve.
In Rajasthan too concerns have been raised by farmers against Adani group’s 1320 MW at Baran district’s Kawai, Rajasthan. KSS is in touch with these groups and hopes that all of them join hands to support the ongoing struggle in Mundra.
Contact: Dr Sunilam, Kisan Sangharsh Samiti (KSS), Mb:09425109770,