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Govt mulls compensation for Bhangar landowners

Kolkata: The state government is contemplating the idea of giving compensation to those land owners above whose land, high tension line will be passing in Bhangar.
A high-level meeting was held in Nabanna on Friday, in which Sovan Chatterjee, the state Fire and Emergency Services minister, the MLA from Canning Pura Assembly constituency Abdur Rezzak Mollah, who is also the state Food Processing and Horticulture minister and other representatives from the area including Arabul Islam and Kaiser Ahmed were present.
Sources said that it was a prescheduled meeting but it hadn't happened earlier for certain reasons. Since it has taken place on Friday, a day after tension broke out at Bhangar once again over the issue of setting up of power grid, the issue has also been discussed in the meeting.
After they held the meeting with Chatterjee, they were called for a cup of tea in Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's office in Nabanna.
It has been learnt that the state government is mulling the proposal of giving compensation to the land owners, whose plots will have high-tension wires passing over them.
It may be mentioned that a conception has been developed among the local people that the valuation of land will drop if high-tension wires pass above it. This is the reason why the land owners had been agitating in the area.
In a bid to ensure development work in the area, the state government is contemplating to give compensation to such land owners.
However, the quantum of compensation is yet to be finalised. Sources said that the state government will be giving a considerable amount for the purpose.
At the same time, people's representatives from the area have been asked to take all necessary steps to ensure proper implementation of different projects of the state government including Geetanjali.
They have also been asked to take necessary steps to ensure widening and strengthening of more roads, among other development work.
It has been learnt that a peace rally will be held from Kashipur to Anantapur, where major trouble broke out on Thursday, leaving some injured. The peace rally will be organised by the Trinamool Congress leaders and workers in Bhangar.
Steps have also been taken to ensure that the situation doesn't deteriorate further. The situation remained grim in Bhangar on Friday morning as well, with people in areas including Anantapur choosing to remain indoors most of the time.

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