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Compensation for Pachanady Mandara victims still a mirage

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Mangaluru: It has been three years since the Pachanady garbage heap collapsed and deprived the lives of 27 families in Mandara area. Apart from the interim compensation given last year, the full compensation has not been finalised for this family.

Circa August 2, 2019, a pile that was deposited since past few decades fell at Pachanady and all the waste that had heaped to the height of the mountains collapsed flowing along with the rainwater. All the houses, agricultural land, and wells etc. were destroyed. As this pile of garbage fell down to a distance of 1 kilometre and perched on the rich land of the farmers, they all lost their livelihood. At present, some people have found a temporary home in KHB Colony but many have returned to the place because they could not leave their land.

Initially, the Municipal Corporation officials went and collected the documents from the residents but then they compensated only for crop loss. Noticing that there was no further action, the District Legal Services Authority came forward to provide compensation through the High Court on humanitarian grounds. A total of ₹ 14 Crore was distributed to 27 families in February last year, after which no compensation was distributed.

Previously, they Corporation officials collected all the documents related to the ownership of the land. However, when enquired by the residents a few days ago, the officials said that there were no documents.

At present, the Government value is Rs. 2.5 lakh, the market price is Rs. 4 lakh. However, it is not possible to give that much, and the amount will go directly to the victim’s account. If there is any objection to it, the Deputy Commissioner has suggested to take care of he same in the court. Those who have lost their homes say that it would be beneficial if they inform us about the amount that they would receive further.

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