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Malin villagers seek permanent shelter, farm land near dam

This was the first-of-its-kind landslide tragedy in the district, officials said.

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Pune |
August 24, 2014 1:57:57 am
A survey of landslide-prone areas will be conducted A survey of landslide-prone areas will be conducted

As many as 75 villagers from Malin and surrounding areas are seeking to be rehabilitated near Dimbhe dam and want farm lands. The district administration has held initial rounds of talks with villagers for permanent rehabilitation and another meeting will be held on Sunday with local MLA and State Legislative Assembly speaker Dilip-Walse Patil and district collector Saurabh Rao.

During the first round, villagers had said they were farmers and should be given farm lands for rehabilitation. Local officials said that during discussions, villagers demanded rehabilitation near the dam. “The government was looking at permanent shelters but since farm land is demanded, the government will have to discuss the issue,’’ said the official.

This was the first-of-its-kind landslide tragedy in the district, officials said.

According to government norms of rehabilitation, the government can acquire land for rehabilitation and provide temporary and permanent shelters. However, there is no rule for allocating farm land.

Three weeks after the tragedy, the government released the initial Rs 2 crore for compensation. The state announced Rs 5 lakh for the family of each deceased, the centre is giving Rs 2 lakh each. “The government released the initial sum and distribution should commence in two days. The remaining will be drawn from the treasury,’’ officials said. As many as 151 villagers died in the tragedy.

The district administration will survey landslide-prone areas. The collector has asked for a survey involving local village administration, Ground Water Survey of India and the Geological Survey of India.

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