Statesman News Service
Singur, 14 November
To resolve an issue over a railway project, land owners, Railways authorities and the district administration met at the Singur BDO’s office on Thursday.
For the Railways’ eastern freight corridor project in the Burdwan section, which includes parts of Singur, Bakipur and Balarambati, the Railway authorities had earlier issued a notification for land acquisition to the owners. But the land owners had not responded.
The land owners affected by the proposed railway project demanded appropriate compensation, rehabilitation and Railway jobs.
On 25 July and 7 August, the Railways had twice issued land acquirement notifications to the land owners of Mirzapur, Bakipur, Balarambati, Baruipara, Ramnagar, Dankuni and Gobra. But the land owners disagreed to the "cheap land rates" offered by the Railways and thus put forward their new modified demands of a secured railway job and appropriate compensation.
The Railways authorities, who assured the land owners that their demands would be looked into, requested them to allow the Railways to start the survey and measurement of the land, to which the land owners disagreed and demanded a written document from the Railways promising a Railways job and appropriate compensation.
Mr Anup Das, an affected land owner, said, "We have demanded the land price as per Railways’ new fair compensation law framed in 2012. Let the railway project go ahead, but not at the cost of our daily bread."
Mr Das, however, said the Railways authorities appear to be more flexible than before. "Therefore, we are quite hopeful that the problem will soon be sorted out amicably," he said.
State minister Becharam Manna, who was also present at the meeting, said, “We are quite hopeful of a fruitful negotiation ahead.”