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Anger among villagers affected by Mohanpura dam, PM to inaugurate on Saturday

On Thursday, villagers of Mohanpura tied black flags on tree tops and also waved black flags

bhopal Updated: Jun 22, 2018 17:51 IST
Punya Priya Mitra
Punya Priya Mitra
Punya Priya Mitra, Hindustan Times
Madhya Pradesh,Mohanpura dam,Narendra Modi

Large number of villagers who are going to be affected by the Mohanpura dam, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 23, have alleged that they have not received proper compensation and are going to wave black flags during the prime minister’s visit.

On Thursday, villagers of Mohanpura tied black flags on tree tops and also waved black flags. There are 127 houses in which 143 families are staying. Of the 722 persons in the village 227 persons have been considered for compensation and so far only 140 persons have been given compensation, the rest are still waiting for it.

Former Congress MLA Hemraj Kalponi said that compensation is only being given to people who are approaching the officials though middlemen, and it is a major lapse on part of the irrigation department and district administration. “We will continue our protests and villagers will not vacate their houses till full compensation is paid,” Hemraj said. The administration has pasted notice in 55 villages which are going to be submerged under the dam waters, asking villagers to vacate their houses.

Hemraj said, “What is this inauguration about. None of the canals for irrigation has been constructed. This is just an election stunt.”

On Wednesday, villagers from Banskhedi and Manjrikho and other villagers put up a banner with their demands near the venue where the prime minister’s function is going to take place, and the SDM Mamta Khede rushed in to placate the villagers.

In all 55 villages are going to be been affected by the project under which has been constructed at the cost over around Rs 3800 cr rupees. Apart from irrigating around 8 lakh hectares of land in the area, drinking water will also be supplied to Rajgarh and surrounding areas.

SDM Rajgarh Mamta Khede said that some of the villagers were claiming that they had not received compensation. “Many of them were migrant labourers, and now they have come back in hearing that compensation is being given for the project. In some cases married girls of families have come back to claim the compensation amount. We are asking them to present their papers and verifying their claims.”

Collector Karamveer Sharma played down the protest. “There are only a handful of people. In many cases villagers are pressing claims to their minor children, which is not allowed under the rules. However, we have not closed the office settling the claims and if anyone has a genuine claim we will look into it.

According to official information, Narendra Modi is going to reach Bhopal airport at 12.10 pm on Saturday and reach the Mohanpura dam site by helicopter. From there he is going to reach Indore airport and then to the Nehru stadium at 2 pm, where he is going to inaugurate a slew of projects in various districts and also award winners of Swacchata Mission. He will leave for Delhi from Indore at 5.30 pm.

First Published: Jun 22, 2018 17:45 IST