Odisha Govt to distribute land pattas to people displaced for construction of Hirakud Dam

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government today decided to distribute land pattas (Records of Right) to people in Jharsuguda, who were earlier displaced for the construction of multi-purpose Hirakud Dam project. Land issues existing in other parts of the State will also be resolved and pattas will be issued.

Similar issues which will be addressed in the future include land rights and rights of share-croppers.

The plight of Hirakud Dam oustees is as old as nearly 50 years. It has been decided to sort out the land rights issue in 18 villages under Lakhanpur tehsil and one under Jharsuguda tehsil in the district. The decision will benefit around 1,749 families and rights will be meted out on 3,231 acres of land.

Land pattas will be distributed from December 2023 in Limeitikra, Sahasabag, Lachhipalli, Patrapalli and Duanmunda villages in the district, a press release issued in this regard said.

Likewise, homestead Records of Right will be distributed to 883 families in 17 villages under Sorada block of Ganjam district and the process is to be completed before September 22. Moreover, pattas will be given on farmlands to 168 persons, which will start from October 1.

Acting on the instruction of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, this significant decision was taken in a high-level meeting held in Bhubaneswar, in which 5T Secretary VK Pandian, Development Commissioner Anu Garg, Revenue department Additional Chief Secretary Satyabrata Sahu, Collectors of Ganjam and Jharsuguda districts and several other senior officials took part.

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