Naveen Announces Homestead Land For 2000 Hirakud Dam Displaced Families

Bhubaneswar: In a significant development, the Odisha government today announced to provide homestead land to families of Jharsuguda displaced by the Hirakud Dam.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik made the announcement during the launching of the distribution of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) Smart Health Cards in the district.

“A longstanding problem of persons displaced for the Hirakud Dam will be solved today. The State government will provide homestead land for 2,000 families,” announced Patnaik in a video message on the occasion of the launching of BSKY Smart Health Cards in the Jharsuguda district.

When the dam was built, a total of 73,923 hectares (182,590 acres) of land was submerged. This included 49,920 ha (123,303 acres) of agricultural land and 24,003 ha (59287 acres) of government land, including forest land.

A total of 111 villages were fully submerged, out of which 108 were in Odisha. Apart from the fully submerged villages, 174 villages were partially submerged (141 in Odisha and 33 in Chhattisgarh).

The land for the Hirakud dam project was during the year 1952-53 and around 18,000 families belonging to Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh and Subarnapur districts.