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Aiada land SOS to DC

Jamshedpur, Aug. 2: Adityapur Industrial Area Development Authority (Aiada) wrote to Seraikela-Kharsawan deputy commissioner to expedite land acquisition process at Gamharia where residents are opposing the panel’s bid to acquire more land.

On Saturday, a frenzied mob from Udaypur village drove away a team of state officials and Aiada staff while they were carrying out a land survey. Aiada is now seeking 300 more acres by taking in parts of Udaypur, Rajgaon and Krishnapur, all under Jaspur panchayat. The survey was conducted to provide entrepreneurs adequate land.

To make the acquisition process effective, Aiada had entrusted the job to Seraikela-Kharsawan administration, but as work proceeded at a snail’s pace, the business authority had taken a fresh initiative by pressing some of its officials to conduct the survey.

When residents received the news of a fresh survey being conducted, they mobilised support and drove officials away. After retreating due to fear of further fury, Aiada has now forwarded a fresh reminder to deputy commissioner to expedite the process.

The panel has submitted copies of their petition before Gamharia police station and to Seraikela-Kharsawan superintendent of police.

Rakesh Kumar, the panel secretary, however, refuted Aida staff’s Udaypur encounter. He confirmed that Aiada had submitted a fresh petition with the administration. Talking to The Telegraph, he admitted later that there was resistance from villagers regarding the acquisition. “It would be a Herculean task to make Jaspur residents part with the land,” he added.

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