Berhampur, September 10 (LocalWire): It took a lot of effort and persuasion power on part of the local administration to convince the tribal villagers living on the hilltop in Ankuli panchayat under Ganjam district’s Patrapur block to relocate to the plains.
A team of Berhampur sub-collector Shinde Dattatraya Bhausaheb, Patrapur tehsildar Srinibash Behera and revenue inspectors had to trek around 10-km, cross the Baghalati reservoir by using powerboat, and then cross river Bahuda to reach the tribal-dominated villages to discuss and convince them, and to take stock of the situation.
“It took us four hours to reach Ankuli. We spent around two hours with the natives of over seven villages and finally were able to convince them to relocate to the plan area for their convenience,” the sub-collector said.
The initiative is aimed at implementing the Odisha Government’s decision to shift the families living on the hilltop areas to the plains after 40 people died in Ganajm and Gajapati districts during the cyclone Titli that hit the region in October last year.
The villages located in the hill areas in Patrapur block including, Puriasahi, Beheraputi Sirisiganda, Alagala, Baniabasha, and Jharabadi were severely affected due to the landslides caused during the cyclone.
The government has identified around 120 families from these seven villages that need to be shifted from the hilltop to the plains, sources informed.