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Representatives of the displaced families appraising the RDC C S Kumar (left) of their woes in Berhampur on Saturday. —
Representatives of the displaced families appraising the RDC C S Kumar (left) of their woes in Berhampur on Saturday. —

Staff Reporter

BERHAMPUR: Activists of the ‘Manava Adhikara Surakshya Manch' held demonstration in front of the office of the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) southern division demanding rehabilitation of families who lost their houses during the anti-encroachment drive in the city to ease up the traffic on city roads.

Members of some families who have lost their houses also took part in this agitation. Convener of the Manch, Abani Gaya said they demanded the administration to make some arrangements for the rehabilitation of these families before the onset of monsoon.

They also handed over a memorandum to the RDC, Chandrasekhar Kumar.

Mr. Kumar also held discussions with the victims and promised that the administration would take up rehabilitation measures as per the norms. More than a hundred poor families had their houses bulldozed from the sides of the NH-217 between Gate Bazar and First Gate squares. Some of them also lost their houses in the anti-encroachment drive to clear up government and for the construction of a bypass road to manage traffic at Gate Bazar square

Following agitation by the displaced families the administration has rehabilitated some of them in two schools. But the schools are to open up for classes from June 12.

“So, we have approached the administration for taking up some measures so that these families would get some shelter even after reopening of the schools, Mr Gaya said.

It may be noted that several organisations of the city and the local unit of the CPI (M) have also demanded the rehabilitation of these families as well as the traders who lost their livelihood due to anti-encroachment measures.


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