Thursday, April 27, 2006

Ground Zero

Ground Zero, a report on the state of rehabilitation in the Narmada Valley (on OutLook).

- Official estimates say of the 21,421 displaced, 15,965 still have to be resettled. 5,456 have exercised their choice to move to Gujarat.
- Rs 1,200 crore spent on relief. There is little to show for this, say villagers.
- Land allocation to oustees has been done in a slipshod manner. Many have land only on paper.
- New settlements lack basic amenities including potable water and inadequate drainage. Hence very few takers.

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