February 2, 2011 2:37:46 am
Panic gripped Jamuria town and adjoining areas in Burdwan district after locals spotted ground subsidence in the area. At various places there were cracks and the land had sunk by a few metres.
After the district administration received several such complaints from the area where large- scale coal mining is done,it requested Eastern Coalfield Limited (ECL) to look into it.
DM of Burdwan Omkar Singh Meena said a large part of Jamuria was subsidence-prone. According to a source in the district administration,an area comprising a few hundred square kilometers has been hit by subsidence.
No loss of life is reported to have been caused by the incidence and the district administration is awaiting the ECL report on the matter. Illegal mining and inadequate filling of excavated land are the probable reasons of the occurrence, said Meena. Subsidence has occurred in the area on several occasion in the last few years,he said. The district administration had identified 139 villages which fall in the subsidence-prone area and issued a notification in July 2010. No construction was allowed in those village,said Meena. A rehabilitation scheme of Rs 2600 crores has been underway to shift the families living here to other villages. The land would have to acquired to shift the 30,000 families who reside in the danger-prone 139 villages and a deadline of 10 years has been set to complete the rehabilitation work,he said.
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