A human tragedy.

The Dispalced families of Hirakud Dam :  

 26,501 families in 249 villages were displaced when the dam was built in 1957. 50,000 people without land were forcibly evicted.According to a government report 2043 cases are still pending with the district administrations of Jarsuguda, Sambalpur Bargarh and Sonepur. Many became paupers and perished. 

The Government of Orissa is yet to compensate Nearly 10,000 persons.  

The district administration has ‘written to the state government to release more funds…’ 

Hirakud Budi Anchal Sangram Samiti if fighting the cause of the dam oustees.  

Extracts from TOI 05 April 07 article by Priya Ranjan Sahu.

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