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Demonstration held against Kanhar dam project disruption

Lawyers and traders joined hands under the banner of Kanhar Banao Sangharsh Samiti to counter the attempt of some elements to disrupt construction of Kanhar dam project. Besides keeping their shops closed in Duddhi market, the traders took out a march and blocked Rewa-Ranchi highway near tehsil headquarters on Saturday.

Later, the demonstrators held a meeting which was attended by Ram Pal Johri, president of Duddhi Bar Association, Jawaharlal Agrahari, newly-elected president of Civil Bar Association, Akshavir Nath, an office-bearer of Duddhi Traders’ Association’s and leaders of the Samajwadi Party and other political groups. They all condemned the bid to disrupt the dam construction works, which was started after 38 years after its inauguration.

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The speakers alleged that Kanhar irrigation project would ensure development of Duddhi area but some outsiders are provoking the innocent tribals for their selfish ends. They have urged the government to solve the problems of tribals, whose land is being acquired for the project on priority to avoid disturbance in dam construction project. They also decided to take out Kanhar march on Sunday to discourage unlawful activities of anti-Kanhar demonstrators.

After removing demonstrators from Kanhar dam project site and fortifying it by deploying heavy police force the officials of Sonebhadra district administration and police appealed to the tribal people not to get misled by anyone as government machinery is ready to listen their grievances sympathetically to find out solution.

The DM Sonebhadra Sanjay Kumar asked the dissatisfied people, who are being affected due to acquisition of their land for the project, to come forward for talk instead of indulging in unlawful activity. The SP SS Yadav said that the forces have been deployed to keep the project site protected and avoid occurrence of untoward incident only.

According to officials, about 3000 tribal people have been affected by the land acquisition process adopted for the Kanhar dam project. The compensation for them has been finalized as per land acquisition rehabilitation and resettlement act 2013. They said that about 600 affected tribal people had accepted their compensation amount and more were coming forward to take it when some people misled them. The officials said that the survey is still in progress and officials are ready for talks with affected people if they have any problem with on-going process.

Source: The Times Of India

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