ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Land and Forest Issues in Akrani Villages

Land and Forest Issues in Akrani Villages THE action plan for the resettlement of the oustees of the Sardar Sarovar Project in Maharashtra indicates that 33 villages are to come under submergence. (One village had been already submerged during the monsoon in 1993.) While 10 of the affected villages fall within the jurisdiction of the Akkalkuwa taluka, 23 villages fall within the jurisdiction of Akrani taluka. Both Akkalkuwa and Akrani talukas include mountains of the Satpura range. The terrain is extremely rugged and parts of it are covered by evergreen tropical forests. The quality of arable land is in general poor and the tribals in the area eke out their living only partially from agriculture. Much of the economy is based on collection of forest produce and fishing from the rivers Narmada, Tapi and their tributaries.

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