Odisha CM announces rehabilitation package for SAMALEI plan | Bhubaneswar News


BHUBANESWAR: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday approved the resettlement and rehabilitation (R and R) package to compensate the people to be affected under the SAMALEI project that aims for development of the shrine of Maa Samaleswari, presiding deity of Sambalpur.
Under SAMALEI (Samaleswari Temple Area Management and Local Economic Initiatives) announced on February 17, the state government would implement various projects worth Rs 200 crore. Development of approximately 108 acres around the 16th century shrine will be taken up under the plan.
The package, announced after a high-level meeting, will be applicable to majorly nine entities of the project area like residential unit on private land, permanent shopping unit on private land, unauthorized dwelling unit on government land of slum area, unauthorized dwelling unit on government land other than slum area, unauthorized shopping unit on government land, street vendors on government land, assistance for Government offices and institutions, beggar rehabilitation plan and religious institutions/clubs on government land, said an official statement.
Details of the package said all the residential units having clear title of the land will be acquired through direct purchase method while compensation will be paid as per the provisions of land acquisition law, 2013.
The government approved land in lieu of land, as an alternative to land compensation for priests of the shine only. In such case, there will be an option to provide a residential plot of land of standard size instead of compensation while principal of “equal market value of land” will be followed.
“There will be another option for the priests to receive resettlement allowance of Rs 20 lakh or the cost of structure being acquired, whichever is higher,” said an official.
The package also includes relocation allowance of Rs 1 lakh towards expenses related to transportation and immediate arrangements and rental assistance under which each affected family losing dwelling unit shall be provided Rs 10,000 per month for a period of 12 months from the date of acquisition of property.
A resettlement package will be decided by Sambalpur administration for priests not having a dwelling house on their own land.
Similarly, all shopping units having clear title of land would be acquired through direct purchase method and compensation will be provided in accordance with land acquisition law. The affected persons will also receive relocating allowance of Rs 1 lakh per unit towards transportation.
For unauthorized dwelling unit on government land of slums, each affected household will be given one-time assistance of Rs 50,000 or cost of the house, whichever is higher. Land of about 650 sq/ft will be allotted to each house hold at Durgapalli for resettlement.
For unauthorized dwelling unit on government land in non-slum areas, the state government would provide ex-gratia allowance, rehabilitation grant and relocation allowance, said official source.
Naveen, during the meeting, directed to finalize design of the SAMALEI project by May 15.

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