Bolpur, Aug. 12: Murmurs for additional compensation have started over a piece of vested land near Bolpur on which the Trinamul government wants to make a tech park.
Industries minister Partha Chatterjee today held a meeting here to discuss the possibilities of setting up a computer hardware company and some government offices on 134 acres of the total 300 acres that were acquired by the former Left government in 2001.
The plot near Bolpur was handed over to the West Bengal Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation that had planned to set up an industrial park.
The government had paid Rs 46,800 a bigha (1.4 lakh an acre as a bigha is a third of an acre) to landlosers but nothing has come up on the land till now.
In mid-2008, when Trinamul was in the Opposition, the party had led the farmers of the area under the banner of Sriniketan Santiniketan Krishi Jami Banchao Committee, one of many such bodies that sprang up in the state with the backing of Mamata Banerjee’s party after the Nandigram land movement.
The committee demanded Rs 6 lakh for a bigha and a job for each family. The Left government, however, declined to pay such a rate. Chatterjee at that time asked landlosers to start cultivating the plot saying no industry would come up.
“Now the land price has gone up to Rs 12.5 lakh to Rs 25 lakh per bigha. After coming to power, Trinamul leaders are distancing themselves from us,” said Mohammed Mujibar Sheikh.
Subal Pal, a local Trinamul leader and member of the land committee, said the outfit had left the decision on additional compensation to the government. “We hope the government will take a decision in favour of the land losers.”