Satabhaya: Odisha to build country’s first model colony for climate change victims

Satabhaya panchayat under Rajnagar block in Kendrapara district was devoured by the marauding sea

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has sanctioned Rs 22.5 crore in the first phase for construction of a model colony to rehabilitate the displaced villagers of Satabhaya in Kendrapara district of Odisha.

The Chief Minister sanctioned the amount two days after 5T Secretary VK Pandian visited Satabhaya and met the displaced people.

Around 600 families of Satabhaya Gram Panchayat in Rajnagar block of Kendrapara district were relocated to Bagapatia, a nearby place, after the marauding sea devoured the coastal panchayat, sources said.

“The model colony for the displaced villagers of Satabhaya would be built at Bagapatia. The Chief Minister has sanctioned Rs 22,50,71,000 in the first phase for the purpose. This would be the first colony for people displaced due to climate change in India,” said an official.

The sanctioned funds would be utilized for construction of houses, drinking water, electricity connection, road and other facilities for the displaced people. The state government is planning to provide agricultural land to the Satabhaya villagers who have lost their livelihood due to the coastal erosion, he added.

The Chief Minister has also asked the Tourism department to develop the Panchubarahi shrine in the locality as a tourist place. The Tourism department has been asked to develop infrastructure and take steps for light and sound show at the shrine to attract tourists, said the official.

The model colony and other projects would be taken up under the 5T principle of the state government, he added.

Notably, the deities of Panchubarahi temple were relocated to Bagapatia after the 400-year-old shrine was erased by the advancing sea.

A temple was built at Bagapatia, which is around 10 km away from Satabhaya, for the deities of Panchubarahi shrine, sources said.

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