Mamata pulls up officials over delay in completion of Bhangar power grid

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while convening a district review meeting in Namkhana, expressed her dissatisfaction over non-completion of the power Grid project at Bhangar in South 24-Parganas.Banerjee sought explanations from the Power department officials on why the project has not been completed yet. She also pulled up Sunil Gupta, additional chief secretary of the Power department and demanded an explanation from him regarding the delay. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Why has there been a delay when the state government has resolved the issues related to the construction of the power grid?” questioned an irate Chief Minister at the meeting. The Power department officials in the district told the Chief Minister that the project has been delayed due to some technical problems, which will be resolved soon. Meanwhile, the local residents on Thursday morning staged a protest demonstration at the project site, stalling the construction of a tower within the compound. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSome local residents gathered outside the power grid site, raising their voice to fulfill certain demands. Some of them alleged on Thursday that other development projects which were promised by the government earlier have been stalled as well and hence they would not allow the power project to continue. A high-level meeting would be conducted in the area in this regard. Senior police officers in the district rushed to the spot following the agitation. Some of the villagers, who are members of the Jami Jibika Bastutantra O Paribesh Rakshya Committee (JJBPRC), alleged that the local administration had assured them that dredging of river would take place and a hospital would be set up, but nothing has happened. After a logjam in the power grid project in Bhangar for some time, the matter was finally resolved following intervention of the Power department and administrative officials in the district. JJBPRC members claimed that the government had agreed to meet certain demands of them, including the introduction of vocational training for the unemployed youths in the area and also setting up a cold storage for fishermen and farmers. They alleged that their demands were not properly met. The villagers also alleged that some miscreants have been threatening to resort to violence once the project gets completed. They threatened to stall the project if their demands are not met. A member of the JJBPRC said that they have allowed doing some work inside the sub-station and final decision would be taken on Friday. After a long process of dialogue and deliberations, the government was finally able to resolve the issue and the project was finally flagged off in August this year. The state government has agreed to increase the amount of compensation to people who will lose their land due to the project.last_img

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