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Midnapore: After Bhangar in South 24-Parganas district, now people of a village in West Midnapore has stopped the work on the construction of a proposed power substation.

Centre’s Power Grid Corporation is to set up a 765 Kv substation at Sainara village on Chandrakona Road in West Midnapore. The state government acquired 83-acre land for this and recently started felling trees to clear the plot.

As the clearing work was on, a large group of villagers turned up at the site this Tuesday (4 December) and stopped the work. Some of the Adivasi villagers were carrying Trinamool flags and shouted slogans against the construction of the power substation.

Like their fellow villagers at Bhangar who held up the work of a substation for nearly two years, the villagers at Sainara village on Chandrakona Road in West Midnapore also believe that setting up the power substation will increase and women will difficulty to conceive.

To resolve the matter, West Midnapore Zila Parishad and Power Grid Corporation officials convened a meeting with the villagers at the local BDO office yesterday. Representatives of Paschim Banga Vigyan Mancha were also present.

But even after the wait for over 30 minutes, not a single villager turned up. Zila Parishad head Uttara Singh Hazra, who had gone for the meeting, said that they will continue to persuade the villagers and hopefully will be able to mitigate the “unscientific” objections to the project.

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