Lambipali village moved from Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary

Sambalpur: The Forestry Department, with the assistance of the district administration, has completed the relocation of Lambipali village from Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary, informed Anshu Pragyan Das, DFO, Hirakud Wildlife Division.

Lambipali is a forest village located inside the Debrigarh Wildlife Reserve. In 1908, the village of Lambipali was established to provide laborers for departmental work and also few laborers migrated to the village from outside in search of shelter. The inhabitants of the village of Lambipali lived in extreme conditions without road connectivity, drinking water, health and hygiene facilities as they were far from other human settlements. Due to the high density of wildlife in Debrigarh i.e. samber, deer, wild boar, bison, etc., the villagers were unable to cultivate paddy or any other crops. for fear of depredation and financial loss. Young men normally go in search of permanent or seasonal employment.

In August 2021, the Hirakud Wildlife Division led a series of community mobilizations to educate villagers about state government. village resettlement policy in which each eligible family is entitled to compensation of 15.00 Lakh, 10.00 decimal places of Patta Land, Pucca Ghar next to road, electricity, water and water facilities other basic amenities of life by various convergence programs underway in the district. The 25the As of August 2021, all residents of Lambipali have expressed their willingness to Gram Sabha to be relocated outside the shrine where they will be able to benefit from basic living facilities.

During the month of September 2021, the district level committee of Bargarh district conducted a survey in Lambipali and 42 families of approximately 80 people were deemed eligible for resettlement and the benefits of the resettlement program. The villagers under the supervision of the Forestry Department and the district administration completed the relocation of the settlement within a month and the entire village moved to the settlement on the 17th.e December 2021.

Facilities in the resettlement colony: Each family moved to independent rooms in the colony. The relocation colony was built by the Hirakud Wildlife Division where the villages of Lambipali worked as masons and laborers. Community toilets have been built for the whole village with a separate bath for women. Water points were created and each household received a water filter. Adequate drainage has been ensured.

Special addition to the relocation colony: For the first time in Debrigarh – The relocation colony received an electrical connection so that it could use cell phones / televisions etc.

The relocation colony is a semi-permanent structure with bricks and cement. Each house in the colony received personalized nameplates. A permanent community hall is under construction and will have a library for children and women.

After leaving their village, the villagers of Lambipali in their new relocation colony organized a “Parichaya Parba” and “Bandhu Milan Utsav” on the 17th.e December 2021 and invited the 2 neighboring inhabitants of the village Tangerpali and Kantal.

Way forward: For the successful completion of the resettlement, a district-level committee operates at the level of the Bargarh district collector and DFO, Hirakud Wildlife Division as the organizing member for the resettlement of the villages of Debrigarh. All district power officials are members of the committee and they all work together to provide all the necessary facilities to the displaced families. While remaining in the current relocation settlement, the villagers themselves will build their own government-allocated Pucca Ghars on their land in Patta by 10 decimal places. Each household will benefit from the road, electricity, drinking water, sanitation etc. The children will attend the Anganwadi and the Kantal school. Previously, they did not have these facilities. The training of women SHG ‘is underway.

Each Lambipali family has decided to return Rs 14 Lakh as a fixed deposit in their name from which they will get over Rs. 6000 / – per month as sufficient interest amount for the maintenance of their family. In addition to this, in a year with the help of the district administration, they will complete the construction of their permanent village colony with all the facilities.

Other moves in Bargarh district from Debrigarh– 3 dwellings inside the sanctuary, i.e. Kurumkel, Rengali and Bhutli, are being relocated, they are located deep within the sanctuary and deprived of all basic facilities. Work on the temporary settlement is underway and all the villagers have joined to complete the work within a month and are ready to move.

Debrigarh Sanctuary in Bargarh District, adjacent to Hirakud Reservoir, is the only sanctuary where wildlife viewing is very high and the density of Annex 1 species is also high. Hirakud is the sanctuary’s lifeline, and hundreds of animals and birds are seen near the reservoir during summers and winters. Debrigarh is also a paradise for migrating birds every winter.

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