AIZAWL, April 4 � Mizoram government would expedite resumption of the stalled repatriation process of Bru refugees lodged in six relief camps in neighbouring North Tripura district after Naisingpara, the largest relief camp was devastated by fire on March 19 where 17 people were killed and more than 3,000 houses gutted, officials today said.
The officials said that a meeting chaired by Zothankhuma, deputy commissioner of the Mizoram-Tripura border Mamit district would be held at Mamit town tomorrow to chalk out the detailed plan.
�It was found to be more feasible not to reconstruct the houses in Naisingpara camp, but to repatriate the refugees and construct their houses in Mamit district after being resettled and with the resettlement money disbursed after their return,� the officials said.
Around 450 Bru families, already identified by the officials as bona fide residents of Mizoram, would be repatriated this time around and would be resettled in Sihthiang and surrounding villages in Mamit district.
Meanwhile, Rs 9.97 crore, sanctioned by the Centre for repatriation expenses, had already been credited in the account of the state government and would be drawn soon, the officials added. � PTI