The exodus continued as people were seen leaving the town together with their families and near and dear ones to be resettled at nearby Chhanera where basic facilities are being provided for their rehabilitation.
State PWD Minister Kailash Vijayavargiya, who was monitoring the rehabilitation work together with water resources minister Anup Mishra, told reporters that there was no deadline for the project affected families to shift.
The minister made it clear that the deadline was set for people to get the benefits of the rehabilitation packages announced for the oustees.
Ruling out extension of the deadline for getting benefits under the packages, he said "only those families who shifted by today will be eligible for compensation and other benefits. People should vacate the area soon in order to make the rehabilitation process a smooth affair." He said so far as many as 1188 families have been disbursed assistance under the special packages and more and more people are gradually joining the list of beneficiaries.
To ensure education of children of displaced persons moving to Chhanera, directive has been given for completion of primary school building in the area by July 6, Mishra said.
Former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh, who has been attacking the state government on rehabilitation work, visited the town "to share the people's sorrow.