- Earlier in the year 2018, the then Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis formed a task force to rehabilitate the people affected by the Koyna project.
- In the year 2018, Congress leader Nirupam accused Fadnavis of being involved in a land scam worth Rs 1767 crore on this issue.
Jun 11, 2020, 10:31 AM IST
Mumbai. Koyna Dam, known as Bhagyalakshmi of Maharashtra, turns 60 years old. However, those who gave their land and houses for this project are still awaiting rehabilitation. The third generation of those who have given land for the dam is now young and now it has declared Yalgar against the government. Since June 8, around 10,000 people have been sitting and demonstrating all day outside their homes amid Corona crisis. It is called an indefinite movement.
More than 100 villages in 5 districts included in it
More than 10,000 people from more than 100 villages in 5 districts – Pune, Satara, Sangli, Ratnagiri and Raigad – participated in the movement. All the members of a family sit and perform outside the house during the day. During the day, a member of the family can go inside for cooking. Most of the people performing the corona infection live in masks. During this time no one comes to anyone's home. Most people are connected to each other through phones and WhatsApp.
More government projects may be affected: Dr. Patankar
This movement is being led by the leaders of Shramik Mukti Dal, Dr. Bharat Patankar, Harishchandra Dalvi, Maloji Patankar, Mahesh Shelar, Sachin Kadam, Chaitanya Dalvi, Sitaram Pawar, Ramchandra Kadam, Arjun Sapkal. The protesters have given the slogan – 'Neither land, nor water nor work', 'Give us land, give us water.' Dr. Bharat Patankar, leader of the Shramik Mukti Dal, said- “Maharashtra government should take immediate instructions regarding the demands of the dam victims. The Koyna dam is the lifeline of the state and is also environmentally important. Even after 60 years If its displaced are not resettled, then people will not give their land for such projects in the coming time. The Uddhav government should take a decision in this regard soon. ”
Fadnavis government set up task force for rehabilitation
Earlier, the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, in the year 2018, formed the Prakalp Kriti Dal (Task Force) under the chairmanship of the District Magistrate in connection with the problem of people affected by the Koyna project. The aim was to rehabilitate the victims soon. The objectives were to set up war rooms for victims' problems, provide fertile land instead of wastelands to victims, provide employment to project affected people, supply of water and electricity, and start boating for tourism in villages. However, by the time it was implemented, the BJP government was gone and the matter was again put on hold.
Sanjay Nirupam accused of scam
In the year 2018, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam accused the then Chief Minister Fadnavis of being involved in the land scam of Rs 1767 crore on this issue. According to the allegation, the 24 acres of the dam was given to a big builder for a mere Rs 3.60 crore. Nirupam had alleged that the scam was done under the cover of rehabilitation of the displaced people of Koyna dam project. Out of the 10,000 displaced people of the project, only 8 people were given land in Kharghar area adjacent to Mumbai.