‘Some people misguiding Bhangar villagers to stall development’
State Power minister Sobhandeb Chatterjee on Wednesday said that some people are misguiding the villagers at Bhangar in South 24 Parganas where a power grid is proposed to come up thereby hindering the development works in the state.
Chatterjee made this statement while commenting on the agitation of some people at Bhangar protesting against the setting up of power grid. Some local people on Wednesday staged demonstration at Khamarait area of Bhangar demanding the land back. They put up a road block on Laoati-Shaymnagar road and demanded that the processes of returning land must be initiated on the immediate basis. A heavy deployment of police forces was made to handle the situation. It was learnt that some students of the Presidency University and Jadavpur University also joined the agitation.
The local villagers said that they would not allow the power grid to come up on the land. They alleged that once the power grid comes up in the area, it will affect them in many ways. The cultivability of the land in the adjoining area will be destroyed due to the power grid in the area. Even the children and the elderly people may face health related problems due to the construction of power grid in the area.
The state Power minister, however, said that he would solve the problem. He had also sat with some of the agitators to amicably solve the issue. The minister also said that he called for a meeting on Thursday in this regard. Some people are misguiding the villagers and trying to stop the development works in the state. He also reminded that the power grid is being constructed in the same manner all over the world as it has been doing at Bhangar.
The incident had prompted the District Magistrate, PB Salim to rush to the spot to control the situation. He talked to the agitating people. The local residents lifted the agitation following the assurances from the district magistrate to look into the matter. It was learnt that the land was acquired in 2013.