Displaced families of Dimna Dam went on hunger strike on March 2, 2017. Majority of the families have lost their land for the dam but have not been paid compensation, they say. They have been demanding justice for the last seven decades. Around 800 families from 12 villages who were displaced during the construction of Dimna Dam in 1941 are still fighting for their rights. They have formed a group, Jharkhand Mukti Vahini to get compensation for their land that has been either inundated in the dam or forcibly taken away by Tata Steel. State government and Tata Steel constructed the dam through a joint collaboration. Jharkhand Mukti Vahini claims that in the last seven years, around eight meeting have been held with the Tata Steel management but no solution has been chalked out. Around 102 acres of land is still under dispute and its acquisition and compensation is yet to be paid to the affected families. Vahini has been able to get steel major approval that Lalayam and Punsa Village are also facing the erosion threat and thus entitled to compensation. Around 5.83 acres of land in both villages would be acquired under the dam project. Displaced families have prepared a 13-point demand which includes jobs to atleast one member of the displaced families, payment of compensation, medical facilities to displaced families and maintaining basic facilities for the families living at alternate locality after displacement.
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