Rehabilitation work of 37,143 SSP affected families in last phase

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Bhopal, Jan 6 (UNI) Rehabilitation and resettlement work of 37,143 families of 192 villages of Jhabua, Dhar, Barwani and Khargone district affected by Sardar Sarovar Project is running in last phase and is likely to be completed before onset of monsoon this year.

The completion of remaining work will enable raising dam's height from present 121.92 m to 138.68 m finally.

Regional Director (Rehabilitation) Ram Kinkar Gupta informed that R&R work of 24,421 families pertaining to dam height 121.92 m was already done, as per an official release issued here today.

Rehabilitation of remaining families is in progress.

He said a district-wise list of villages going to be affected in the next monsoon has been published in the state's gazette and personal notices will be served to affected families by concerning Rehabilitation officers in due course of time.

Out of total 192 affected villages, no village is under full and permanent submergence. As much as 80 rehabilitation sites have been developed for the resettlement of oustees.

In view of the need, eight more rehabilitation sites will be developed. Each affected family is entitled to get residential plot of 90 x 60 feet size free of cost, at rehabilitation sites.

Families which refuse the residential plot are entitled to get cash Rs 50,000 in lieu of residential plot.

The SSP has already started yielding benefits to the state with 57 per cent share to its power generation.

Narmada Valley Development Authority Vice-Chairman Pradeep Bhargav said field officers have been strictly directed to ensure all basic amenities at the rehabilitation sites and to provide all benefits to oustees under the rehabilitation provisions, the release added.

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