Singur verdict: PWD to demolish Tata sheds

Singur verdict: PWD to demolish Tata sheds

Department took over as Minister Partha Chatterjee was unhappy with KMC’s work

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Tata Motors’ sheds being dismantled in Singur. (Express Archive)

The responsibility for demolition of the Tata factory shed at Singur, following the Supreme Court order against land acquisition by the then Left Front government, has been re-assigned to the Public Works Department (PWD), three days after the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) had started the process.

An order issued Wednesday by Indevar Pandey, principal secretary of PWD, said, “It had been decided that the demolition of sheds, removal of roads, etc, in Singur, which have been assigned to PWD, would be done round the clock from now on. All the five executive engineers of PWD in the district would supervise the work on site from 6 am every day.”The order was issued after state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, who had been assigned by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to oversee the demolition work of the Tata Motors factory, visited the site on Tuesday. “Dr Chatterjee was not happy with the rate of progress of work being done by the KMC,” said a senior PWD official.

Tapas Mukherjee, chief engineer, South Zone( PWD), has been appointed nodal officer to oversee the demolition. The PWD order also stated that “the arrangement would continue till the entire work of removal of structures, etc, from Singur land is complete”.

Later, after a meeting on Thursday, it was decided that all agencies — PWD, KMC and HRBC (Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners Office) — would work in tandem to complete this “humongous” task within the deadline set by the apex court.

“PWD, however, would remain the only agency for removal of roads on both sides,” said a senior PWD official. “KMC had done most of the work today. There are about a dozen big sheds, many smaller ones and some dwelling units as well,” he added. The official said it was nearly impossible to complete the work on time.