No Sardar Sarovar oustees came to live in sheds

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Dec 2017 14:58:54


By Rajan Raikwar,

As a part of rehabilitation process meant for displaced people of Sardar Sarovar dam, temporary sheds were constructed at the cost of more than Rs 10 crore for at least 3,000 families living in Dhar, Badwani and Alirajpur. If the claims of Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) are believed, then no one reached to use the sheds for living purpose.

Sources in NVDA told ‘The Hitavada’ that apart from awarding compensation to the beneficiaries under rehabilitation policy of Sardar Sarovar dam, Government had also constructed sheds for displaced people so that they can live in sheds for the time being or untill they are not having alternate option of house facility. Government provided shade facility in addition to compensation by thinking that house construction process is a time consuming exercise and if one is shifted immediately then where he will go. But no one came forward to live in sheds.

When contacted, Additional Chief Secretary Rajneesh Vaish, who is looking after the rehabilitation process of Sardar Sarovar dam outsees, told ‘The Hitavada’ that temporary sheds were constructed so that displaced people did not need to worry for roof after getting displaced.

The temporary sheds were meant for a time being help for them so that they should not look after the housing facility immediately and can live in shades until they have their own house. But no one came to live in sheds.

“Now we are thinking to give these sheds to district administration of Dhar, Badwani and Alirajpur so that they could be used in other necessary works such as opening education institutions, training centres etc,” he told.Notably, Congress has raised the issue pertaining to sheds meant for displaced people with full strength by alleging that they are suitable for living condition and lacks basic infrastructure. The number of total affected families by Sardar Sarovar dam is 23,000 and of them, 5,500 have moved to Gujarat. Out of remaining 18,000 families, 9,000 families have already got shifted. In present situation, only 4,000 families are yet to be shifted.