Kolkata: TO pacify the angry villagers at Bhangar in South 24-Parganas, the state government has decided to extend monetary compensation to the owners of such farmland over which high-tension electric cables from an upcoming power station is scheduled to pass.
This is even as the power station belongs to the Centre’s Power Grid Corporation and plots to erect electric poles had been acquired much earlier.
State fire minister and Trinamool South 24-Parganas district president Sovan Chatterjee made the announcement to reporters today after a meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna.
Food processing industries minister and Bhangar Trinamool MLA Rezzak Molla, and local Trinamool leaders Arabul Islam and Kaiser Ahmed were present in the meeting held a day after fresh violence broke out between pro and anti-power station factions of the villagers of greater Bhangar. [READ: Bhangar turns violent again: vehicles torched, 1 shot at by pro-Trinamool faction]
The fire minister, however, maintained that the decision to provide compensation was under consideration for a while and has nothing to do with yesterday’s violence. He did not specify the rate of compensation nor the number of farmers who will be benefitted. The timeframe for releasing the compensation has also not been decided.
Sources in Trinamool said that the party supremo is concerned by the fact that even after a year since two villagers died in firing during an anti-power station agitation, the issue has not been resolved and violence is erupting at Bhangar at regular intervals.
This is worrying her especially when panchayat elections are barely a few months away and Communist parties are regaining a footing in the area over the power station issue.
Interestingly, although the dispute at Bangar is over a power station, state power minister Shobhandeb Chatterjee was not present in today’s meeting at Nabanna.