Farmers’ demand rejected by RVNL
Statesman news service
Kolkata, 6 January
The commencement of work for constructing two elevated corridors along the EM Bypass in Dhapa area as part of the extension of Metro route from New Garia to Airport got further delayed as the Railway Vikash Nigam Limited (RVNL), the organisation in charge of the project refused to pay compensation of Rs 55,000 per cottah to farmers residing there.
A meeting was held between the senior officials of RVNL, civic officials and the representatives of the farmers in the KMC today, but they failed to come to any definite conclusion.
Around 75 farmers’s with family who have been residing on a stretch measuring around 22 Bigha lands along the EM Bypass initially demanded a compensation of Rs 75,000 per cottah. The farmers later agreed to lower the demands to Rs 55,000 per cottah after three consecutive meetings. But the RVNL authority in today’s meeting said that they are ready to pay Rs 45,500 per cottah. As the farmers are reluctant to receive this amount, RVNL officials said that they will discuss the matter with senior officials and consider the farmers’ demand. The entire land is owned by the KMC.
The RVNL, earlier urged the Mayor to reduce the cost of a plot of land owned. Initially the KMC demanded around Rs 252 crore for the plot which the RVNL was reluctant to pay. It had also written to the Mayor requesting him to reduce the amount. 
"Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that no plots would be acquired without giving proper compensation to the farmers. So we requested the RVNL officials to pay the compensation amount. They are reluctant to pay Rs 55,000 per cottah. We hope the issue will be resolved soon and work commence," said Mr Swapan Samaddar, Member, Mayor-in-council (Bustee).