BJP’s Suvendu-Sukanta lead protests in Deucha-Panchami to oppose govt project

A project with Rs 35,000 crore proposed investment is to come up here.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bengal, led by the party’s state chief Sukanata Majumdar and Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari on Thursday, led a protest rally at Birbhum’s Deucha Panchami, to oppose the acquisition of land for an upcoming project. The rally, comprising some tribal people, was organised to protest the government move to acquire land.

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has meanwhile, increased the monetary package for the tribals and said she would not deprive the landlosers as she was herself leading a land movement as an opposition leader. Tribal people of the area in Birbhum district, along with some social organisations are protesting the upcoming project involving coal mining at Deucha Panchami-Harisingha-Dewangunj.

The coal block has an estimated 2,102 million tonnes of coal across 9.7 km. A Rs 10,000 crore compensation and rehabilitation package has been announced. There are over 3,010 families involved including 1,013 tribal families. The total investment is expected to be around Rs 35,000 crore.

As many as 1,312 landowners have given their consent to part with their land for the proposed project.

As the rally progressed, a local organisation opposed them, shouting “Go back Suvendu Adhikari, go back Sukanta Majumdar.”

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