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Solution to Jenmam lands problem in sight, says Prabhu

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STATUE FOR RAJIV: The Nilgiris MP, R. Prabhu, performing the bhoomi puja in Udhagamandalam on Sunday.
STATUE FOR RAJIV: The Nilgiris MP, R. Prabhu, performing the bhoomi puja in Udhagamandalam on Sunday.

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Each beneficiary will get upto one acre

Udhagamandalam: A solution to the long-standing Jenmam lands problem was in sight, according to the Nilgiris MP R. Prabhu.

Speaking to reporters here on Sunday, he said that the cabinet giving its nod to the Tribal Rights Bill recently had ensured that the bill would become an Act soon. Pointing out that each beneficiary would get up to one acre of land, he said that the selection would be done by the respective gram sabhas.

Patch works

Claiming that efforts were being made to improve the condition of Mettupalayam-Gudalur Road, he said that to begin with patch works were being carried out at a cost of Rs. six crore. During the second phase Rs. 60 crore would be spent on enhancing the Coimbatore-Gudalur stretch.

As regards the re-opening of Mettupalayam-Coonoor Road which had been snapped by landslips on November 13, he said that it was likely to take another week to ten days.

Pointing out that work on installing a statue of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi near the Central bus stand here had commenced, he said that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi would unveil it during the second week of February. Earlier, Mr. Prabhu performed the bhoomi puja for the statue.

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