Lower Suktel protesters give 15-day ultimatum to admn

Balangir: The Lower Suktel Budi Anchal Agragami Sangh, which had put its agitation on hold last night, has given 15-day ultimatum to the district administration to fulfil its three-point charter of demands, failing which it has threatened to stop the construction work of the project.

The Sangh decided to put its agitation on hold after a closed-door meeting with district collector M Muthkumar last night.

During the two-hour-long meeting, the collector agreed to the three demands of the Sangh i.e., convening Rehabilitation and Peripheral Development Advisory Committee (RPDAC) meeting within 15 days, compensation to the displaced villagers as per the Land Acquisition Act, 2013 and immediate transfer of the chief engineer.

“I have told the Sangh members to apprise the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC), Northern Division, of their demand to convene RPDAC meeting within 15-20 days. The meeting will discuss the demands of the Sangh and take a final decision,” the collector told the media after the meeting.

“The district collector has assured us to fulfil our demands within 15 days. He will put up his file before the RDC. If we do not get justice within the stipulated deadline, we will intensify our agitation. But this time, we will ensure that the ongoing project work is stopped,” president of the Sangh Upendra Behera told media persons.

Official sources said the project would affect about 638 hectares of land. While the people of 16 villages would be completely displaced, people of 10 villages will be partially displaced.