PANAJI: In a major relief to Tillari dam project-affected families, Bicholim MLA Dr Chandrakant Shetye informed that the 200 families will be granted sanads on Thursday.
“The families who were uprooted by the Tillari project and are presently receiving rehabilitation at Sal rehabilitation colony will be granted rights to land and houses.”
In 1980, the Tillari dam, a joint Goa-Maharashtra project, opened for business. The dam’s water covered nine villages in Maharashtra: Pal, Sargane, Shivange, Ainode, Patye, Kendr Khurd, Kendr Budruk, Tervan Medhe, and Konal.
1110 families in all were impacted by the project; 200 of them underwent rehabilitation at Sal in Goa on 20.58 hectares of land, and the remaining 910 were relocated to Maharashtra.
Since 1993, the Water Resources Department has owned the land at Sal in Survey Nos. 130 and 131, where the families were given rehabilitation. A total of 163 individuals impacted by the project received government employment.
It was resolved later in 2014, during a meeting between the chief ministers of Maharashtra and Goa, to provide the families with a one-time payment of Rs 5 lakh in lieu of government jobs.
As of now, 705 households have received compensation, with Maharashtra covering 26.70% of the total cost and the Goa government covering 77.03%, according to Shetye.