Muralidhara Khajane

‘Promise on basic amenities have not been kept’

The advent of monsoon has only added to

their woes

Government to allot Ashraya houses to each

of the 73 families

MYSORE: Over 73 tribal families of Sollepura New Colony near H.D. Kote town in Mysore district are being denied basic amenities, especially drinking water. Their houses are in poor condition and the advent of monsoon has only added to their woes.

According to residents of the Sollepura colony, over 450 tribal families were evacuated from N. Beguru Gram Panchayat limits when the Kabini reservoir was constructed. They were assured land for cultivation, houses, and financial support.

As many as 73 families were rehabilitated in Sollepura New Colony. But the authorities seemed to have forgotten their promises.

“There is no drinking water facility and houses do not have toilets. Men do not have any work,” Gouramma Keradi said. Initially, people had refused to occupy houses in the colony because of the poor quality of construction and lack of basic amenities. But the authorities had promised to solve the problems once the families moved in. But they had failed in keeping their promises, Somesh said.

“We were happy in our own land and were leading a normal life. We committed a blunder by believing in their promises,” Prema said.

The Kabini Jalaashaya Mattu Bandipura Aranyadinda Baadhita Girijanara Punarvasati Samithi, which is fighting to get justice for the tribal families in Sollepura, allege that despite the Mysore district administration and the Department of Forests releasing funds for rehabilitation of tribal people, the local authorities were not showing any interest in addressing the issue.

Representatives of the Human Rights Commission had visited the colony, and expressed their displeasure over the facilities there. They had directed the authorities to set up a development committee comprising tribal representatives. But the local authorities had been apathetic, the samithi alleged.

Deputy Commissioner of Mysore district Manivannan, who visited this rehabilitation centre, had directed the Nirmathi Kendra to repair leaking roof. But nothing had been done so far, said seventy-year-old Ramayya Penjalli.

Srikanth, Director, Development Through Education, expressed concern over the plight of the tribal people.

“It is wrong to call the process rehabilitation. Tribal people should be moved from one forest to another, but not outside the forest,” he added.

Shobha Karandlaje, Minister in charge of the district, held a meeting of Mysore district officials in Bangalore on Friday.

She said that the Government had decided to allot Ashraya houses besides seven acres of land for cultivation to each of the 73 families in the colony. The Centre would extend financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 3.5 crore for the purpose, she said.