The State Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to a proposal ot provide around 100 acres of vested land to National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) for its Rs.8,000 crore proposed power project in Burdwan’s Katwa.
The move comes after NTPC failed to procure land directly from the farmers. State-run NTPC had planned a 1,320-MW thermal power plant at Katwa over 1000 acres of land.
The Left Front government had acquired 556 acres for the project. But it was stuck for several years on account of the Trinamul Congressled state government’s rigid policy against land acquisition.
Later on, a study was conducted and it was found that around 888 acres would be sufficient for setting up the plant instead of 1000 acres.The state government has handed over 150 acre of vested land to NTPC while around 220 acres was to be procured by NTPC from the farmers.
Out of the 220 acres that NTPC was supposed to buy from farmers, owners of 100 to 150 acres have given consent to sell their lands. Land owners are likely to be paid about Rs.15 lakh per acre.
However, problem was faced by NTPC to acquire this land along with the remaining land. The state Cabinet on Wednesday decided to provide a total of around 100 acre so as to completely solve the problem of land.
The land would be arranged from the vested land lying with several government departments and handed over to NTPC soon.
A senior minister of the Cabinet said the move would help in starting the project.
Land acquisition has been as a hurdle for setting up industries in Bengal and the state government is not willing to get involved in any further controversy ahead of the polls, said an official.