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Villagers Shifted Ahead Of Missile Test In Odisha’s Balasore

Balasore: The Balasore district administration shifted the people of three revenue villages, located in proximity to the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea prior to the trail of a nuclear-capable missile on Monday indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Around 4,000 people from Khadupahi, Jaydevkasaba Pahi and Baliapalpahi were shifted to three identified places- multipurpose cyclone shelters and a government school at Jaydevkasabapahi and another cyclone shelter at Khadupahi.

“As per the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP), people residing in the villages that fall in the 2.5 kilometre radius area of the ITR have been evacuated and taken to safer places. We have also requested the people to adhere to all the Covid-19 protocols like sanitization and use of mask,” said the Balasore district collector, K Sudarshan Chakravarthy.

As per the provisions, adults have been compensated with Rs 300 and children Rs 150 each. Similarly, Rs 100 has been given for cattle feed.

The evacuation process started at around 7 am which continued till 12 pm. The Balasore district administration has made elaborate for shifting the people. Eight to ten vehicles were engaged to transfer the villagers. Arrangements for drinking water, fire tenders and ambulance have also been kept ready at the temporary shelters, said reports.

“We were brought to the shelter at around 7 am. They have also provided us compensation,” said a villager.

The district administration has directed the people to stay at the temporary shelters till 5 pm after which they can return to their home.

However, the information regarding the missile that will be test fired from the Chandipur ITR has not been revealed by the Defence Research and Development (DRDO) yet.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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