Burdwan, Oct. 30: The Shrachi Group today suspended work at one of Bengal’s biggest construction projects after landlosers began an indefinite dharna yesterday at the township site in Burdwan demanding an eight-fold hike in the compensation amount.
Around 250 villagers, most of whom are Trinamul supporters, are demanding Rs 86 lakh an acre. When the land for the Rs 1,000-crore Renaissance township on the outskirts of Burdwan town was acquired by the government in 2006, the 1,200-odd landlosers had each got a compensation of Rs 10.4 lakh an acre.
The protesters have also demanded jobs of security guards at the construction site and 10 per cent of the developed land in the project area.
A Shrachi spokesperson said: “Work was stopped today after people held demonstrations. However, more than the work, we are worried about the 220-odd families living in the township. Facilities such as water supply and cleaning of garbage could be affected because of the stalemate. We are talking to appropriate authorities to find a solution.”
The landlosers had moved a Burdwan court in 2006, demanding more compensation. The court had in 2011 ruled that the landlosers should be paid “Rs 35 lakh per acre and other reliefs (solatium and interest)... minus the amount (Rs 10.4 lakh) already received”.
The current market rate of the land is between Rs 70 lakh and Rs 80 lakh an acre.