TAKING A serious note of the haphazard rehabilitation and resettlement work of Indira Sagar Project-affected people, the MP High Court here on Tuesday directed the State Government to deposit Rs 2 crore with the court’s registry on or before September 29 for compensating the oustees.
The court direction came after the affected families of several villages including Badgaon Raiyyat and Karanpura in district Khandwa alleged in their petitions that they were not paid compensation against their property.
The HC also directed the State Government to produce a video recording of the villages from where the people are being removed. The government would prepare the video-recording in presence of the Grievance Redressal Authority (GRA), the court ordered.
A division bench comprising Justice Dipak Misra and Justice S S Kemkar heard the two petitions filed by Rajendra Prasad and others of villages including Badgaon Mal, Junapani, Badgaon Raiyyat and Karanpura of district Khandwa.
The villagers are also seeking a direction to maintain the full reservoir level (FRL) of Indira Sagar Dam at 255 meters so that water would drain from villages and agriculture lands that has submerged.
The villagers pleaded before the court to seek report from the rehabilitation and resettlement subgroup of Narmada Control Authority, the GRA officers and Central Water Commission on status of villages that would submerge after the FRL is raised above 255 meters.