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Asanabahal village in Satkosia to be relocated

 By Jagadananda Pradhan

ANGUL:Soon Asanabahal village is Satkosia Tiger Reserve(STR) is going to be displaced,according to the Satkosia Wildlife Division authorities.

 The officials said that all preparations have begun to relocate the village from the boundaries of the core area of the Satkosia tiger project. The village is situated about 40kms away from Angul  and has a total of 88 families and all are tribal.

 A senior Satkosia official said that  It is a part of the government decision to reallocate villages situated either in the core area or in its boundaries.



 Raiguda is the first core area village which has been totally displaced so far. The second village which has been relocated is Katrang who have taken financial packages and left the village. But the Raiguda villagers have been rehabilitated in a resettlement colony namely New Raiguda which is situated 25kms away from here.

 Asanabahal is the third village which is going to be relocated to a new resettlement site called  Dhauragoth,about 10kms away from the village.

 Angul collector Sidhartha Shankar Swain, sub collector Batura Deep and Satkosia DFO Saroj Panda among others visited the village and interacted  with the villagers and inspected the resettlement site.

  Satkosia DFO Saroj Panda,said,"There are a total of 88 tribal families living in the forest village out of which 22 are leaving with financial packages without going to rehabilitation sites. Another 62 families will be rehabilitated in the new resettlement site Dhauragoth. Each displaced family will be giving  homestead land and a cash compensation of rupees 15 lakhs besides a well-equipped resettlement site".

 He said preparations are at final stage and by next March the total village will be relocated for the tiger project.

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