Balangir villagers demand completion of lower Suktel irrigation project

April 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm 1 comment

Following report is from the Pioneer:

Demanding speedy completion of construction works of lower Suktel irrigation project, people from around 22 villages of the affected areas held a meeting at Kankada in Bhundimuhann gram panchayat, 30 km from here, on Wednesday.

During the meeting, they threatened to close all the Government offices by picketing at Balangir on April 9, if their demand was not fulfilled.

Since 2005, the land acquisition for the irrigation project has been going on. However, the payment of compensation has not been completed. As a result, the welfare and development programmes of the Government were not implemented in the villages. As the compensation payment process for land acquisition has not been completed, people are not able to leave their villages and lands, informed Samajwadi Party district unit president Arun Mishra here.

The villagers demanded fixing of minimum of `10 lakh as compensation for one acre land, implementation of latest relief and rehabilitation policy and expediting of land acquisition process, Mishra informed further.

The project, for which work began in 2005, was marred by several financial irregularities. The lower Suktel irrigation project was approved at a cost of `216 crore. Meanwhile, the project cost has been raised to `1,047 crore, said sources.

The project would provide irrigation facilities to 31,830 hectares land of Balangir and Sonepur district.


Entry filed under: Agriculture, Agriculture and Irrigation, Balangir, Lower Suktel irrigation project, Region watch, Subarnapur.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. rajendra  |  August 19, 2012 at 2:36 am

    it is very strange that after a long period also the lower suktel project is on hang position. no one can say what will be the next.i personally believe that due to some people those creating problem for self benifit and non support of staff to the people doing late to dam work. my view is if all people of a village do not want the dam,ask them the reason,i sure they will never be able to answer becuase they do not know what to do they just run in thay way whatever the one or two leading people ask to do


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