The state government on Wednesday approved a proposal of acquisition of more than 1,700 acres of land for reconstruction and repair of river embankments in South and North 24-Parganas that were damaged during Cyclone Aila.
However,the Cabinet stuck to its stated policy on acquiring land by deciding that the remaining two phases of acquisition for the Jai Balaji steel plant in Purulia district would not take place. During the previous Left Front rule,one phase of land acquisition was complete and declaration of awards (compensation to land losers) for the second phase was pending, said Commerce and Industries Minister Partha Chatterjee said after a cabinet meeting.
But land for the final two phases for the project would not be acquired by the government,Chatterjee said.
The Cabinet approved a proposal of announcing monetary reward for the land losers who had given their plots for the steel factory.
The cabinet also gave nod for upgradation of six rural hospitals,including one at Nandigram.
Didi seeks PMs intervention on repairing Farakka Barrage
The delay in repair of some of some of the damaged lock-gates of Farakka barrage has not gone down well with the chief minister,Mamata Banerjee,who made her displeasure known when she shot a letter to the Prime Minister following reports that water had entered Bangladesh through the damaged barrage in the last few days.
Sources at Writers Buildings said the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) wrote back to the Chief Minister expressing concern over the issue. About 82,801 cusec of water has entered Bangladesh through the damaged lock-gates though only 35,000 was supposed to be released according to treaty signed by the two countries. If this exodus of water continues,north Bengal districts will face problem in getting water for irrigation. State power minister Manish Gupta on Wednesday had visited Farakka Barrage to take stock of the situation.