Bhubaneswar, Oct 28 (LocalWire): The National Human Rights Commission has sought a report from the Odisha government on the rehabilitation of more than 26,000 families displaced during the construction of Hirakud dam.
The NHRC was hearing a complaint filed by Supreme Court lawyer and human rights activist Radhakant Tripathy.
It has directed the Chief Secretary of Odisha to submit a report by December 7, 2020.
Nearly 1.23 acres of land and 360 villages were submerged in water due to the construction of the Hirakud dam, the longest earthen dam in the world.
More than 1 lakh people were displaced due to the construction of the dam, and compensation is yet to be provided to the people.
The earlier report by the Revenue Divisional Commissioner of Northern Division, Odisha, mentioned that land acquisition for the project was done in 1952-53, and that steps had been taken in the past to settle the grievances made by the displaced families of Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Sonepur and Bargarh districts.
However, displaced families of some communities are yet to receive the compensation amount for rehabilitation.