Berhampur, Oct 12 (LocalWire): A tribal village in Gajapati district (Madaba), which had been completely wrecked by the cyclone Titli on Oct 11, 2018, has been relocated and set up again under the Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana (BPGY).
Titli had damaged the houses of all 74 families of the hill-top village.
The district administration has rehabilitated the villagers in the plains, and the village is now called New Madaba.
On the eve of the second anniversary of Titli, Gajapati collector Anupam Saha inaugurated New Madaba, with around 40 families settling into their newly constructed houses.
The houses have been constructed under the Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana (BPGY) with an estimated cost of Rs 83.20 lakhs, while other infrastructure facilities like toilets, water supply, road and electricity were funded by different schemes.
While almost all the work has been completed, other residents in the old village will shift to their new village very soon, said collector.
Suresh Bhuyan, one of the residents of Madaba who shifted to his new home on the eve of the second anniversary of the Titli, heaved a sigh of relief.
“Life is very difficult in the old village. Heavy rainfall can cause landslides there, which was a huge worry for us,” he said.
“It’s impossible to forget that day, when the landslide totally wiped out the village,” said Anant Patta Majhi.
Like Madaba, the district administration had shifted as many as 12 hill-top villages with 540 families in Rayagada and R. Udayagiri blocks to safer places after their villages had completely wiped out in the landslides. These villages have been identified as the most vulnerable for landslides.
Gajapati had borne the brunt of Titli which wiped out almost 20 villages and claimed at least 48 lives.