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Odisha CM Approves Ekamra Kshetra Resettlement And Rehabilitation Package


27 January 2020

Debashish Maharana


Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today approved the resettlement and rehabilitation package for the people who are likely to be affected under Ekamra Kshetra project. A press release issued by the CMO’s office stated, under the project, interventions would be taken up in the Heritage District Area as notified in the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) — 2010 of Bhubaneswar, with the following objectives:

  1. Revive and preserve the heritage value and grandeur of Lingaraj temple and its surroundings;
  2. Enhance the living heritage, continuous traditions and a complete timeline of Kalinga architectural developments through strategic interventions;
  3. Protect and strengthen the linkages between the area's natural and built heritage assets;
  4. Highlight the experiential value of the place for pilgrims, tourists and residents.

As part of this plan, in Phase One, interventions would be taken up in the core area surrounding Lingaraj Temple and Bindu Sagar. This project area of about more than 65 Acres will be pedestrianized and facilities for pilgrims and tourist will be created.

“To implement the projects identified in Phase One, certain land needs to be acquired and encroachment is to be removed. To facilitate the same, following Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy is formulated. This policy is project-specific and shall be applicable to provide R&R assistance to the affected persons/institutions of the notified projects taken up under this plan,” the release stated.

Here are the details of the package:

Residential: All the residential units having clear title of the land would be acquired through direct purchase method prescribed by Government of Odisha.

Compensation Amount — It shall be paid as per provision of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.

Alternative for land compensation as land in lieu of land—There shall be option to provide land instead of compensation amount having equal market value of the land to be acquired.

Provided that the sizes of the alternate land shall be of standard sizes and compensation of balance land component shall be adjusted in monetary assistance as per guidelines.

Immediate Assistance:

Relocation Allowance - Allowance of Rs 1 lakh per family towards expenses related to transportation and immediate arrangement shall be given.

Rental Assistance — Each family shall be provided with Rs 15,000 per month for a period of 12 months from the date of acquisition of property.

Resettlement Allowance - Every residential unit owner shall be paid with Rs 20 lakh as one-time resettlement allowance.

Commercial: All the commercial units having clear title of the land would be acquired through Direct Purchase method as prescribed by Government of Odisha.

Compensation Amount - It shall be paid as per provision of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.

Immediate Assistance:

Relocation Allowance - Allowance of Rs 1 lakh per unit towards expenses related to transportation and immediate arrangement shall be given to the owner.

Rental Assistance - Assistance of Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000 per month shall be provided for shops having built-up area less than or equal to 200 Square feet and more than 200 square feet respectively from the date of acquisition of properly till handing over of a shop unit.

Resettlement Scheme:

Option A: Shop unit shall be provided, depending upon availability, at 50% of the offset price (market value). Balance 50% of the shop unit cost shall bo subsidized by the State Government.

Option B: Every shop unit will be eligible for allotment of a new shop unit in the market complex (es) to be developed for the purpose on payment of 50% of the offset price.

Option C: Shop unit owner shall be provided with one-time settlement amount of Rs 20 lakhs.

Rehabilitation of Street Vendors: All the project affected street vendors shall be provided with the following assistance -

Listed street vendors shall be provided with one-time rehabilitation assistance of Rs 30,000 in two instalments;

Street vending plan - Vending plan will be prepared as per provisions of the relevant act and rules. Affected street vendors will be allocated space for carrying out their vending activities.

Assistance for Government offices and Institutions - A committee shall be formed under the chairmanship Of Commissioner, Bhubaneswar Municipal Commissioner to finalise the assistance to be provided to public institutions which may have to be relocated for implementation of plan.

Mutts or ‘Mathas’

BMC Commissioner in consultation with Collector, Khurda and other stakeholders, will decide the rehabilitation and resettlement scheme for the Mutts Including allotment of Land, preservation and conservation activities etc. The RDC, Central Division would be the competent authority to approve the same.

The Redevelopment plan of each of the Mutt will indicate the usage of various components/parts/rooms and same shall be put to use.

Other provisions:

This policy will be Implemented by Commissioner, BMC in consultation with Collector, Khurda;

Commissioner, BMC will take all necessary approvals from Collector, Khurda and other authorities as required by state Government guidelines of Direct Purchase of properties;

As the acquisition of land and properties for the project are being done on the basis of negotiation, it is hereby provided that Commissioner, BMC in consultation with Collector, Khurda can finalize details of additions and/or changes that may be required from the above said provisions with approval of Revenue Divisional Commissioner, Central Division, Cuttack;

Fund for R&R packages shall be placed with Commissioner, BMC;

All expenditures to be incurred towards implementation of R&R packages shall be part of EKAMRA Plan scheme; and

As the project is targeted to be completed in six months, it is further provided that if the property which is required for acquisition for the project is handed over within 30 days of notification of this policy, then affected persons will also be entitled to an additional ten per cent incentive on cash benefits.