Berhampur, August 31 (LocalWire): The Ganjam district administration is conducting a survey in Ramayapatna, the village facing massive sea erosion, to identify families that are yet to receive houses under the Odisha disaster recovery project (ODRP).
The administration has already announced that those without the allotment under ODRP will be provided house cover under the state-sponsored Biju Pucca Ghara Yojana (BPGY).
The survey that commenced on Friday was conducted within 50-meters from the seashore, official sources said, adding that they expect it to be completed on Saturday.
According to sources, four revenue inspectors (RI) and two panchayat executive officers are part of the two groups that have been constituted to conduct the survey.
The district administration has decided to shift all the families with 50-meters from the beach to other places due to the massive sea erosion in the village.
Considering the seriousness of the situation, Berhampur MP Chandra Sekhar Sahu and Chikiti MLA Usha Devi visited the village and took stock of the matter. They also discussed the situation with the villagers.
As many as 27 houses located near the beach have collapsed partially since 8 August in the village and over 50 more houses are on the verge of collapse. Residents of the fishing-dominated village under Chikiti tehsil are in grip of panic as the high tidal wave of the Bay of Bengal has been lashing at the village during the last two days.
District collector Vijay Amruta Kulange had visited the village and directed the tehsildar and Chikiti block development officer (BDO) to conduct a survey to identify the families that have been left out of the ODRP.
“Based on the survey, we will write to the government for sanction of BPG to rehabilitate the villagers here,” the district collector said.
“We have conducted the survey and the report will be submitted to the district administration though tehsildar,” Sonepur RI Girija Bhusan Mallick said
“Of the 550 families in the village, 342 have already been covered under the ODRP. However, many of them have not shifted to the ODRP colony since the houses are too small and cannot accommodate all the members of the families,” sources said.
“We are motivating them to shift to the ODRP colony,” he said.
Meanwhile, several villagers have opposed the decision to conduct the survey only within a 50-meter radius of the sea-shore.
“When the entire village is facing extinction due to massive sea erosion, there is no justification to conduct a survey within 50-meters of the sea,” a resident L Bhogiraju said.
“We demand that the entire village should be included in the survey and all families who are not covered under the ODRP should be provided houses,” L Ramesh stated.