Berhampur, October 11 (LocalWire): Residents of Barghar, a tribal-dominated hilltop village in Rayagada block of Gajapati district that came into limelight in the aftermath of the severe cyclonic storm Titli last year, will soon get a new address in Kandimera.
“All 106 families of the hilltop village in Gangabada panchayat will be shifted to Kandimera, a plain area near the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border.
The construction of houses under the Biju Pucca Ghara Yojana is going on. When the houses will be completed, the entire village will be shifted there,” Gajapati collector Anupam Saha said.
Barghar was worst affected in the landslides under the influence of Titli that hit Odisha on 11 October 2018 and is one of the 17 hilltop and disaster-prone villages to be shifted to the location.
The village accounted for the highest deaths in the calamity; of the 48 persons who died in incidents related to the the cyclonic storm in the district, 17 were from Barghar.
“We have taken much time to convince the villagers to shift to the new places as living in the hilltop is not safe for them,” Rayagada block development officer (BDO) Lukas Pradhan said.
Once the villagers agreed, the land was identified for a new village at Kandimera.
The new village that is presently under construction will have all infrastructure facilities like road, drinking water, and electrification, besides the houses constructed under the BPGY.
“In some places, we have provided solar-power based light and water supply systems,” the collector said.