False promises

Supa dam was built on the Kali river for supplying water to forest-based industries. In October 1972, prime minister Indira Gandhi promised a compensation package for the 1,113 affected families from 44 villages. Though the families wanted the fertile Gobral village near Dandeli, the state refused since the area was under dense teak plantation. A state government-appointed committee look into the resettlement found Ramnagar unsuitable for cultivable. The government then promised irrigation facilities and the families had to move to Ramnagar in 1981. The promise hasn't materialized. In 1998, the Karnataka High Court disposed off villagers' plea for irrigation facilities after government assured it would bear 60 per cent cost of the development projects in the area under the Swasti Gram programme. The projects are still to take off.

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