Narmada Samarthan Andolan



To safeguard Kutch’s water requirements Kutch Yuvak sangh has always played a very important role and lead the protest so that Kutch gets regular and appropriate share of water of river Narmada.

Initially ‘Narmada Samarthan Kooch’ was held in 1990 wherein a cycle rally from Narayan sarovar to Sardar sarovar was held covering a distance of 855 km and awareness was created among the masses. In 1992 ‘Narmada Samarthan Abhiyan’ under the leadership of well known kutchi Industrialist Shri Damjibhai Anchorwala was held from Azad maidan to Kalaghoda in which nearly one lakh kutchis were present. Kutch Yuvak Sangh has played a key role in success of this Abhiyan. Thereafter protest rallies against director of Narmada Nigam Shri Sanat Mehta & in charge of Narmada project Shri Babubhai Jashbhai Patel was done as a result of which water for irrigation from total area of 37,000 hectares is increased to 1,12,000 hectares for kutch. After the meeting with next chairman of Narmada Nigam Shri Bhupendra Singh Chudasama, meeting with the then chief minister of Gujarat state Honorable Shri Keshubhai Patel was held & request for starting narmada canal projects work at the earliest was made. As a result in monsoon extra 1 million cubic foot water was allotted to kutch as well as drinking water was supplied by pipelines in entire kutch. Thereafter many other programs related to this like burning pamplets of central government published against raising the height of Narmada river dam was carried out and volunteers were got arrested for that, ‘Hunger strike’ was done at Azad Maidan in support of Shri Narendrabhai Modi - Honorable chief minister of Gujarat at that time for supporting Narmada dam cause. Finally, on 18th April 2015 inugration of ‘Kutch Canal’ was done at Fatahgadh village of Rapar by present chief minister of Gujarat Smt Anandiben Patel & the long standing struggle for arrival of Narmada river in kutch by Kutch Yuvak Sangh became fruitful and kutch got fair share of river Narmada which only can turn drought prone area of kutch into evergreen land.