2.7k Ganjam, Jharsuguda Families To Get Land Rights, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate

September 4, 2023

BHUBANESWAR: A high-level meeting chaired by chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday decided to give land rights documents starting next month to more than 2,700 families in Jharsuguda and Ganjam districts affected by the Hirakud and Sorada reservoir projects, respectively.

The government plans to distribute record of rights for 3,231-acre agricultural and homestead land to 1,749 families of 19 villages in Jharsuguda district starting December. They were displaced by the Hirakud project in the 1950s.

Similarly, it has decided to give land rights for more than 1,300 acres to around 1,000 families in Sorada block of Ganjam starting October. Their forefathers were displaced by the Sorada reservoir project in the British era in 1896. Among them, 883 families in 17 villages will get homestead land and 168 families in these villages will get rights over agricultural land.

A government official said though these families largely were in possession of the land, they were unable to avail bank loans nor could they sell without land documents. With record of rights, they can utilise the land as their rightful owners now, he said. A government statement said 5T secretary VK Pandian came to know about the land issues during his visit to these areas in recent months.

The affected people welcomed the move. “Our forefathers and we have been struggling to get the land rights for our entire life. We are now happy as the 127-year old problem got solved,” Basant Kumar Swain, a native of S Gunduribadi village in Sorada.

(With inputs from Hrusikesh Mohanty in Berhampur)

  • Published On Sep 4, 2023 at 01:00 PM IST

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