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District admn faces hurdles over Malin compensations, approaches court

Full compensation amount from PM and CM funds yet to reach, say officials

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Pune |
November 7, 2014 10:01:16 am
The Malin landslide claimed 151 lives and the destroyed 176 houses. The Malin landslide claimed 151 lives and the destroyed 176 houses.

The district administration has taken legal recourse over the issue of disbursal of compensation to families affected by the Malin landslide in cases where the appropriate legal heir has been hard to pinpoint, such as in the case of one family, 19 members of which were killed in the tragedy. District officials said that there are seven such cases.

The administration has also not yet received the complete amount from the Chief Minister’s Fund or the Prime MInister’s Fund, both of which had promised relief for relatives of those killed.
“We were to receive Rs 7.52 crore under the Chief Minister’s Fund and Rs 3.2 crore under the PM Fund. We have received only Rs 2 crore under the CM Fund and Rs 2.38 crore under the PM Fund. We are doing our follow-up for the same,” said the district official B Gore who is executing the compensation for the families.

Some very distant relatives of the family with 19 deceased members came forward to claim the compensation amount. “We decided to approach the court so that it is done legally. Similar cases have been observed in the remaining cases, so we thought it is better to approach the court so that the compensation is given to the appropriate heir after the court decides the matter,” said the official.

The amounts have been put as fixed deposit and the survivors are getting a monthly interest  and have also been counselled, and companies have come forward for their training and recruitment.
The landslide had caused the death of 151 persons and the destruction of 176 houses in the area. “We have disbursed the compensation which came to us and are awaiting the remaining amount,” said the official.

Besides cash, other kinds of compensation including both temporary and permanent shelters for the survivors have been allotted.

The administration had earlier announced Jhanzarewadi as the permanent rehabilitation site, for which the administration had got 8 acres after getting the Geological Survey of India’s approval.

However, there have been some issues with villagers who are keen on a site near their village — Kashalwadi. “This site is once again on a hilly terrain and there is not much land available for the rehabilitation process. We require 8 acres and the available land on survey is only 3.75 acres. This will not suffice,’’ pointed out officials.

The villagers are to meet the officials on Sunday to discuss the site issue and the district administration officials said that the site will only be confirmed after GSI verification. “The earlier site of Jhanzarewadi is appropriate and there is enough land in the area and is approved by GSI. We will try and convince the villagers,” say the officials.

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