Displaced villagers face uncertain times

The much-awaited Sripada Yellampalli project across the Godavari in Ramagundam mandal is ready for inauguration but those displaced are worried that their villages would be submerged in the backwaters during the monsoon following the fixation of crest gates.

The affected villagers are upset over the tardy rehabilitation and resettlement works. The government had paid compensation to those displaced in 2006-07, later handing over Rs.58,000 each for the construction of a house in 2011. But it did not take up construction of rehabilitation colonies in any village. The authorities were only seen levelling the land and laying roads without allocating the sites to the displaced. There are no roads, power supply, water, schools or other infrastructure in the resettlement colonies.

“Following the fixation of crest gates on the project, we will be forced to flee during the rainy season and take shelter at an elevated place,” said K. Chokka Reddy, a villager of Cheggam in Velgatoor mandal. Last monsoon, Thalla Kothapeta village was submerged and villagers were forced to live in a school, leaving behind their belongings.

“What will be our fate now as the project is complete, and the village would be submerged. The rehabilitation colony is not ready and authorities have not allotted sites to people,” complained Sudhakar, a villager. People in the villages of Koti Lingala, Cheggam, Mukatraopeta, Muthunuru, Ramnuru, Kukulaguduru, Kothapeta, Undeda, Vemnuru in Velgatoor mandal expressed concern over the submergence of their villages during the rainy season and delay in rehabilitation. “How can a person construct a house without a proper site being allocated at the rehabilitation colony,” Cheggam MPTC member R. Sathaiah questioned.

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