Bhubaneswar, November 5 (LocalWire): Over 25 landowners in Adasapur village have been served notices by the Cuttack district revenue administration for recovering taxes on the land that they have already lost due to flooding by the river.
According to sources, the devastating flood of 1982 had rendered these families homeless and landless as Kandara rivulet, a tributary of river Kathjori, had inundated the hamlet completely.
Following this, the then government had allotted them plots in Adaspur village to facilitate resettlement of the homeless people, rights activist Bijoy Kumar Panda said, adding that the administration is now asking them to cough up cess for the land that is now lying under the river waters.
To make the matter worse, the department has also registered cases of encroachment against them even though they have been in possession of the plot where they were resettled by the government way back in 1982.
“For 37 long years, these families have become victims of governmental apathy. No land record of rights (pattas) has been awarded to them at the place where the government had resettled them in 1982. Bereft of land records, they are now being denied residential certificates,” he alleged.
Meanwhile, taking note of the plight of the people, the Odisha Human Rights Commission has directed the state’s Revenue and Disaster Management Department to furnish a compliance report by 22 December.