AIZAWL, June 27 - As many as 822 Bru refugee families currently lodged in relief camps in North Tripura will be repatriated to Kolasib district in Mizoram, a district-level meeting decided today.
The meeting chaired by the Kolasib DC in the north Mizoram town resolved that the Bru families would be resettled in 10 villages of the district.
The villages where the Bru refugees will be resettled include Dilzau (55 families), Saihapui K (57), N Thinglian (157), Hortoki (131), Pangbalkawn (45), Bairabi Zophai (54), Bukvannei (45), Meidum (45), South Chhimluang (154), and Zodin Rastali (79). Officials said the 822 families comprise 5,047 people.
DC Zoengsanga briefed nodal officers, village councils and administrative officers for Bru repatriation on the crucial task of repatriation that is expected to take off soon. He inquired about necessary preparations, water, power supply and roads.
The DC said temporary shelters, including community kitchens, would need to be constructed at Bairabi where the repatriated Brus would stay for a night before they are resettled in the villages. He asked the officials concerned to submit the road map before July 15.
Two Bru families which were repatriated from Khakchangpara and Hamsapara camps in Tripura, have been resettled in Meidum and Rastali villages.
Preparations for repatriation of Bru refugees are in full swing from May 28, a day after the election process for the Parliamentary polls was over. District-level meetings in the three districts where the refugees will be resettled have been held.
�The repatriated Brus will be resettled within the Assembly constituencies where they had resided in 1997 before the exodus, in accordance with the guidelines of the repatriation,� officials said.