The unmapped thickly forested area in the worst Naxal-affected Abujhmad region of the Narayanpur district is finally getting its place on the map. The Chhattisgarh government has started a revenue survey exercise to compile all the records of the area and to determine which plot belongs to whom. This land which has been the home to Maoist leadership for the past three decades has remained uncharted all this time, according to an Indian Express report. This will be the first time since Independence, that the process of a plot by plot survey of the villages and its residents has been started.
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As quoted in the report, a senior official said, the area has been mapped using satellite imagery because these hills are the homes to members of the Maoist groups, but this is the first time when a team is going for a plot by plot survey with a goal to create revenue records. “We began from Akabeda village, villagers themselves said they wanted rights over their land. This project has been in the pipeline but this is the first time this is really happening,” Taman Singh Sonwani, the District Collector Narayanpur said. He further said, “The state’s revenue department in association with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee had last week started the ground survey of Abhujmad to ascertain land records,” as quoted by PTI.
While talking about the complication of the work, Sonwani said, “We found that once a boy or girl marries, their family allots them a plot of land as well. So we will get to learn about the culture that exists, bringing us closer to them.” Santosh Singh, SP, Narayanpur while talking about the challenges faced said, “There are security challenges and we will take it step by step. For a short while, we have stopped but work will resume soon. We have begun from villages accessible to us, like Akabeda, because a new camp was placed there in December. The terrain is definitely hostile because in February, the camp was attacked by Maoists. But we will remain undeterred.”