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Provide irrigation facilities to displaced persons: SC to Odisha

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Bhubaneswar/Deogarh: In a significant ruling, the Supreme Court on Saturday directed the Odisha government to provide irrigation facilities to people displaced by construction of dam on Brahmani river in Deogarh district.

Hearing a special leave petition filed by 27 displaced persons, a division bench of Supreme Court comprising Justices Abhay Manohar Sapre and S Abdul Nazeer upheld the Orissa High Court’s April 4, 2018 ruling and directed the state government to provide irrigation facilities to the displaced persons.

According to sources, the state government had provided 3 acres of unirrigated land each to the 27 displaced persons as part of their rehabilitation. While the lands were provided in 1983, it did not have irrigation facilities so far even after 35 years. Later, the displaced persons moved the Orissa High Court seeking judicial intervention into the matter.

Advocate Subhansu Padhi presented the case on behalf of the petitioners. Padhi informed the top court that the government has failed to rehabilitate many displaced people living in waterlogged area and sought the attention of the court on the issues.

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