Residents in parts of fire-hit Jharia are living in fear following a major land subsidence at Bokapahari area on Monday morning.
A chunk of around 60 feet land subsided. The impact was so high that more than 60 houses reportedly developed cracks. However, no casualty was reported.
Jharia Rehabilitation and Development Authority (JRDA), which has been entrusted the task to rehabilitate people living in underground fire-hit areas at a safer place, has been appealing to people to relocate in government rehabilitation colony at Belgharia. But, they have been showing unwillingness to move to other places.
Jharia MLA Sanjeev Singh visited the locality on Monday soon after the incident was reported. He asked BCCL to fill the subsided area with overburdens to check gas emission. Singh said that JRDA authorities too have been directed to relocate the remaining families to safe location at Belgharia as soon as possible.
JRDA in 2004 had shifted 80 families from Bokapahari to the Belghria rehabilitation colony. Remaining sixty families are yet to be relocated.
JRDA rehabilitation officer Bijay Gupta said that general manager of BCCL Bastakola area has been asked to handover names of remaining of the families for immediate rehabilitation.