DALTONGANJ: The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Jharkhand government jointly sanctioned about Rs 26.60 crore to the Palamu Tiger Reserve (PTR) for the relocation of two villages in the core area of the state’s only tiger park.
Deputy director PTR (south) Mukesh Kumar confirmed the receipt of the fund and said, “We will deposit the amount in the Palamu Tiger Foundation so that we don’t face any issues of lapses by the end of the ongoing financial year as barely a few weeks are left for the fiscal to end.”
He said the two villages in the core area of PTR — Latu and Kujrum — have a total population of 210 residents.
Kumar added that depositing the amount to the foundation will also enable them to start the relocation process soon and use the money as and when necessary.
On the relocation process, Kumar said the residents are ready to move to areas identified by the government. He said, “According to the plan, 90 residents from Latu village will be resettled at Lai Paila Pathar near Sarju in Latehar district on a chunk of 130-acre land. The rest of the residents from Kujrum village will be resettled at Polpol in Palamu district on a 160-acre land.
Kumar added, “We have two financial packages for the relocation. The first plan is to provide Rs 10 lakh for every resident after the government provides everything to resettle them and the second is to give Rs 15 lakh in which beneficiaries will have to make their own arrangements for livelihood and living. People are free to choose either of the two packages.”