Purulia, Sept. 16: Land losers protesting outside a Damodar Valley Corporation project in Purulia over jobs and compensation today withdrew their agitation for the time being.
Villagers in Raghunathpur who have given land for the 2,640MW thermal power project withdrew their agitation after it was decided in a meeting that the management would hear their demands in detail after the chief minister visits the area on September 23-24.
The protest by around 1,000 villagers had led the DVC to explore options of moving a part of the project to Jharkhand.
The Left government had acquired around 1,000 acres in Raghunathpur for the power plant in 2007. Two of the four 660MW units have already been built on the land.
Today, officers of the local police, the block development officer and a section of the land losers held a meeting where it was decided to stall the protest for the time being.
“Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to visit Purulia on September 23-24. It has been decided that further discussion over the villagers’ demand will be held after the chief minister’s visit,” said the officer in charge of Neturi police station, Sadhan Banerjee.
A district official said the meeting would be attended by the district magistrate of Purulia, Tanmoy Chakraborty, DVC officials and representatives of the land losers.
The chief engineer of the DVC project in Raghunathpur, Debashis Mitra, said: “We welcome today’s development. We will also participate in all meetings in the future.”