Saroj Pathak, Amar Ujala, Bilaspur
Updated Sat, 15 Aug 2020 12:44 PM IST
Family forced to live in cave
– Photo: Amar Ujala
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Despite having houses and land, they are homeless today, because their houses and land were destroyed due to landslides due to the construction of lake of Kolbandh project. In the last four years, the matter arose in front of two governments, but their problem was not resolved. Kolbandh lake was formed in the year 2014-15. Then in 2016, there was a landslide in Kandi village of Dhaniyar Panchayat of District Mandi and the above 8 families became homeless in this disaster.
The then public representatives completed the formalities by administering 50-50 thousand rupees to the affected families in the name of immediate relief, but did not take care of them thereafter. The administration made temporary arrangements for some of these people to stay in the blessed school building, but could not provide them permanent accommodation. They cook in the cave, they sleep there.
Where does the officer say
Sundernagar administration and NTPC had a spot visit in the year 2018. After the visit, he had reported to the Deputy Commissioner Mandi that a scientific investigation would be conducted to find out what caused the landslide. That report has not been processed for a year and a half. One of the affected families went to the High Court, after which the administration stopped interfering in it.-Rahul Chauhan, SDM, Sundernagar
The matter is in court. The team of the State Geological Wing will submit the report to the High Court. After that, the instructions from the High Court to NTPC management will be acted upon. – Praveen Ranjan Bharti, Public Relations Officer NTPC Kolbandh