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MCL’s land acquisition hit

Published: 08th August 2013 11:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th August 2013 11:43 AM   |  A+A-

Land acquisition for the coal mines of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) at Siarmal village under Hemgir block of Sundargarh district has hit a road block.

Sources said a section of the prospective displaced families under the banner of Siarmal Displaced Persons' Committee on Saturday stalled a resurvey work carried out by a team over a host of issues. The survey team was deputed by the Claim Commission appointed by the Supreme Court.

According to sources, a survey in February 2012 had identified about 400 houses coming the mining area for acquisition. Subsequently, 116 houses were excluded citing them as ‘new constructions' as the cut-off date was fixed at September, 2010.

Committee president and Zilla Parishad member of Hemgir (A) Rabiratna Patel said after appeal, 50 of the total 116 houses had been taken up for inquiry. However,  he demanded inclusion of all the houses in the resurvey.

Patel claimed that none of the affected persons was earlier informed about the provision of the cut-off date and all should be adequately compensated.

He further demanded that those who would lose farm land and homestead land along with other poor families who got four decimal of homestead land from the government should be treated as Category A. He threatened that the committee would intensify the agitation if their demands go unheard.

MCL's General Manager for Basundhara-Garjanbahal (B-G) area AK Singh said since the Claim Commission is looking after the issue, the MCL has no direct role in it.

Sources at the Sundargarh-based camp office of the Commission said if necessary, the matter would be referred to the Commission's headquarters for further action.

They said out of the total 14 villages earmarked for the B-G Area of MCL, hearing for nine villages were completed after survey. Hearing for the remaining Tumalia, Jhuprunga, Kirpsira and Ratansara villages are pending.

As per the norms, the Claim Commission receives records of the land rights and compensation rolls from MCL. Compensation packages are prepared as per the provisions of the R&R policy of 2006 for final approval.

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