Kevadia chose to down its shutter to support the Kevadia Bandh call being given in solidarity with the villagers of the six villages surrounding the Statue of Unity. The villagers are protesting the fencing of thier land in the villages. The bandh was called in support of the six villages. The Sardar Sarovar Nigam Limited (SSNL), under which the Statue of Unity project comes in a statement released earlier said that the land being fenced upon was the one that belonged to the department and that no one has been thrown out of their home for the same.
NCP leader Shankersinh Vaghela has also jumped into the fray and is likely to reach Kevadia today. Earlier, the villagers had organised a protest on Sunday which the police had dismantled. The cops have also intensified patrolling along the borders so as no one is able to lend support to the protest against the fencing .
The six affected villages include Kevadia, Kothi, Vagadia, Navagam, Ribdi and Gora. The villagers say they have been farming on the said land and now the state is fencing it for various projects.
The department has argued that the state government had bought the land in 1962-1965 after giving adequate compensation. It has said that the six villages were not affected by the developments and hence were not put under the affected category.
The departments said, despite this they later announced a package in the year 1992-93, 2013, 2015 and 2018. It also said that in the year 2020 it has announced a new package and that it was willing to give it.