‘Rehabilitation of Koyna affected people is urgent’

ST Correspondent
Monday, 7 May 2018

Pune: While speaking at an interaction organised in the city on Sunday, BJP Maharashtra Chief Spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said he thinks the issue of displaced people in the Koyna valley is more important than the Nanar project which is embroiled in controversy. The programme also saw former Pune MP Pradeep Rawat as a guest.

Pune: While speaking at an interaction organised in the city on Sunday, BJP Maharashtra Chief Spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said he thinks the issue of displaced people in the Koyna valley is more important than the Nanar project which is embroiled in controversy. The programme also saw former Pune MP Pradeep Rawat as a guest.

Bhandari made the observation in an interview which covered issues ranging from his childhood days to his political career and water conservation in Maharashtra. The programme was organised by Vidisha Vichar Manch as the first of its series 'Bhumika' that will bring to fore hidden facets of outstanding personalities from all walks of life.

When asked about his stance on the Nanar controversy where the local people of Konkan area were opposing the oil refinery project, Bhandari said, “I don't think the challenge of Nanar is a big one. In comparison, 18,000 families displaced by the Koyna dam are waiting for rehabilitation for 68 years. This means almost four generations have nowhere to go. I think their rehabilitation is a more pressing issue.” He added, “The Nanar project is at the conceptual state and even land acquisition has not started. When that acquisition starts, it will be under the new law that promises good compensation and rehabilitation for the displaced people.”

When asked to comment on the students' movement, he said, “The student movement in our times was movement in a real sense. I don't know whether there are issues worth having movements nowadays." Madhav Bhandari was felicitated on the occasion for his appointment as the Deputy Chairman of Maharashtra State Rehabilitation and Reinstatement Monitoring Committee by former MP Pradeep Rawat.

Related News