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Tribal oustees demand compensation, job

The opencast coal mine of the Singareni Collieries at Sattupalli in Khammam District.

The opencast coal mine of the Singareni Collieries at Sattupalli in Khammam District.   | Photo Credit: ; - G_N_RAO

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Kothagudem-Sattupalli rail line work expected to begin soon

The Telangana Girijana Sangham is gearing up to undertake mass movements in Kothagudem division to press for fair compensation, including jobs, to tribal people likely to lose their lands for the Kothagudem (Bhadrachalam Road)-Sattupalli rail line.

The Girijana Sangham has drawn up an action plan to organise a slew of meetings in the division in the next few weeks in view of the fact that the Centre has allocated ₹300 crore in the Union Budget for the long pending rail line.

SCCL investment

The Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) is taking keen interest in the rail line as it is essential for transporting coal from the JVR opencast project in Sattupalli to various coal consuming units in the State and elsewhere in the country in a cost-effective manner. Environmental norms stipulate transportation of coal by rail wagons, sources said.

Further, the Kothagudem-Sattupalli rail line would extend rail connectivity to Kovvur in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

The SCCL released substantial amount for the project towards final location survey and preliminary work such as demarcation of stones more than two years ago.

Tribals to be affected

A survey has been conducted under the aegis of the Girijana Sangham in Chunchupalli, Sujathnagar and Chandrugonda mandals to assess the extent of likely loss of lands belonging to tribal people in the three mandals, district secretary of Girijan Sangham Guguloth Dharma said.

According to the survey in the three mandals, more than 175 tribal families will be affected by the rail line project, he added.

Fair compensation

The government should ensure adequate compensation to the oustees as per the Land Acquisition Resettlement and Rehabilitation Act, 2013, he said, demanding that each project affected family should be given a job.

A district level convention will be held at Regalla in Laxmidevipalli mandal in a day or two to chalk out an action plan to safeguard the interests of tribal people as the work on the new rail line are likely to begin soon.

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