Diamond Harbour: The work on a power station at Bhangar in South 24-Parganas that resumed in August after lying suspended for nearly one-and-a-half year due to public agitation, has been stalled again.
A section of the villagers stopped the work on the sub-station on Thursday morning alleging that the authorities were not honouring the conditions on which they had allowed the work to resume.
This is the group which had forced the state government to suspend the work from January 2017 to July 2018 on the plea that the erection of high-tension electric towers over their paddy fields will hit cultivation and increase health hazards.
Mirza Hassan, a leader of the group, today said that they had allowed the work to resume in August on certain conditions like withdrawal of cases against the agitators, higher compensation for owners of land over which the power cables will pass and, undertaking development works in the area.
“But although the work on the power sub-station in full swing, there has not been even one per cent development works here in the past four months. Hence, we have been compelled to stop the work again,” Hassan said.
On learning about the fresh agitation, a team from Bhangar police station went to the spot and spoke to the agitators but to no avail.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who chaired a district administrative meeting at Namkhana in the afternoon, pulled up the Power Grid Corporation Ltd (PDCL), a central PSU, for the delay in work on Bhangar sub-station. PDCL is setting up the sub-station with the assistance of the state.
Banerjee asked the PDCL representative present additional manpower and complete the work as fast as possible to avoid the project getting stuck in a fresh round of agitation by the villagers.