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04 November 2018


Bhubaneswar: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has raised issues of the land losers who have surrendered their property to Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) for coal mining. In a letter to Coal Minister Piyush Goyal, Naveen demanded that land notified/acquired under CBA (A&D) Act, but not required for coal mining for next five years may be denotified.

The State Government further urged the Centre that until completion of rehabilitation and resettlement of all the land losers, the Coal Company should take the responsibility of the local development works and provision of basic amenities for the persons living in the area.

Further, the compensation for all the civil structures constructed by the land owners till the date of displacement should also be paid by the Coal Company.

More than 23,300 hectares of land has been acquired under CBA (A&D) Act for coal mining projects of the MCL in Angul and Jharsuguda districts. Of this, only 10,700 hectares land has been utilised so far and 3,400 hectares is planned to be utilised within the next five years.

Out of the balance 9,250 hectares, there are no plans for utilisation of 3,600 hectares even in the next ten years, the CM’s letter read.

The MCL takes up rehabilitation and resettlement of land losers only at the time of actual utilisation for mining purpose. After vesting of land under CBA (A&D) Act with the MCL, the land losers are forced to wait indefinitely for rehabilitation and resettlement.

“These persons are neither able to avail the facilities of development schemes nor can construct structures for their accommodation until they are actually rehabilitated or resettled,” Naveen stated.