With at least 800 cases of rehabilitation for the dam-affected pending clearance, Pune district rehabilitation department has vowed to clear these at the earliest as well as check the original documents of the project-affected after several cases of forged documents have come out.
The district presently has scanned as many as 50,000 documents of the project-affected to ensure no forged or bogus ones are produced for compensation. With 25 dams in the district, the rehabilitation officers have completed scanning documents of the project-affected of four dams and those for the remaining dams are to be taken up this year, said district rehabilitation officer Naina Gurav.
“With many cases of forgery and bogus documents being reported and even FIRs registered, the department has started scanning these documents to ensure that the compensation is disbursed to the project-affected. We will be checking the original documents and scanning them so that we can ensure the identities of the project-affected and there are no other claimants,” stated Gurav on the initiative.
She said of the 25 dams in the district, they have completed the scanning of the documents of the project-affected of Kasarsai, Dimbhe, Thitewadi and are nearly completing the scanning of documents of those of Chaskaman dam. Presently, the administration has started scanning the documents of the project-affected of Andra dam and Malwande.
Last year, the project-affected from Varasgaon and Panshet dams in Daund taluka had approached the revenue minister Eknath Khadse to get basic civic amenities and compensation. Khadse had directed the department to complete the work demanded by the villagers in a time-bound manner. However, the project-affected complained that the district administration officials were not completing the works.
Residents of 15 villages from Panshet and 23 villages from Varasgaon are project-affected. The administration has received a list of works or civic amenities demanded by these villages. These demands have been pending for long.
While the Panshet Dam was completed in 1965, the Varasgaon Dam or Vir Dam was constructed in 1974. Even as all other compensations have been disbursed, the basic civic amenities demanded by the villagers have not.
MLA Rahul Kul had pointed out that 27 works or civic amenities had been demanded. They mainly include public toilets in the area as well as other basic infrastructure.