Second Brahmani Bridge: Displaced families yet to receive land

Sundergarh: The displaced families of Ruptola slum area who were evicted to make way for construction of the approach road for the second bridge on Brahmani River are yet to receive land as promised by the administration.

According to sources, the administration provided land to the displaced families in Jalada area. However, the local residents in Jalada denied vacating the land citing construction of park on the said land.
As a result, the displaced families of Ruptola area are forced to live in the open after their houses were demolished by the administration. The displaced people have even threatened to rebuild houses on the evicted site in case the administration fails to allocate land, sources added.

“There are a lot of problems as the allocated land has not been finalised yet. Why did they evict us when they didn’t have arrangements in place? We are currently staying in tents in the cold,” Ruptola slum resident, Pankaj Chakravarty said.

Another displaced resident, Sandeep Bhoi said “The Jalada area residents have submitted an application to the officials citing construction of a children’s park on the land allocated to us. However, the Revenue Inspector (RI) has himself shown us the land. We want 4-decimal land at any place.”

Biswakesan Pandey, Additional tehsildar of Lathikata said “The administration is not absolutely insensitive. We had identified land for the 25 displaced families and have allocated them. We later came to know that the local residents in that area are opposing the move.”

“We will call the local area residents for negotiations and understand their issues and try to find a solution,” Pandey added.

It is to be noted that the process of land acquisition for the approach road meant for the second Brahmani bridge had begun on November 29 with the eviction of 46 houses in Ruptola slum. Subsequently, the displaced residents were shifted to C-block of Jalada area by the administration and each family was allocated 4-decimal land.

However, the displaced residents have alleged that they are not allowed to move into the new location by the local residents.