Penal action against road construction agency in Durgapur

Illegal land lifting in Durgapur

The road construction agency engaged by Asansol Durgapur Development Authority (ADDA), for consruction of the road linking Angadpur industrial complex of Durgapur with Gandhimore, a crossing on NH-2 has been booked for illegal lifting of earth. Report says that the civil construction agency has been consistently lifting earth from government land evading the state’s cess revenue and royalty.

Illegal Land lifting

Asansol Durgapur Development Authority, a state-backed statutory body, looking after the development of the Asansol-Durgapur industrial belt engaged a private construction agency for constructing the 9.9-km road with 60 metres of width linking Angadpur industrial complex with Gandhimore against a work order worth Rs 64 crore.
The sub-divisional Land & Land Revenue (SDLLR) department took it otherwise and lodged an FIR against the agency last night and has seized two Heavy Earth Moving Machinery dumper vehicles. Mr Bijoy Chandra Kole, SDLLR officer, said: “It’s a case of gross violation of section 4 (d) of the West Bengal Land Revenue Act as the lifter was supposed to seek permission first and then deposit earth cost at the rate of Rs 56 per 100 cubic feet in state’s favour.”
The block official with the land department, after an inspection, claimed that at least 2 lakh CFT earth was lifted unauthorisedly from a land possessed by the ADDA. Some residents of Raturia took the matter otherwise and lodged a complaint with the SDM, Durgapur on 8th March seeking her intervention.
The CEO, ADDA, Mrs Antara Acharya, initially had denied the land department’s claim and had suggested that it was a land possessed by the ADDA itself and there was no question of submitting earth cost to the respective department yesterday. Mr Bappaditya Banerjee, Project Manager with the private agency, also had denied any payment against earth lifting. Mrs Acharya, meanwhile, said today: “We have examined the matter and the agency would have to pay the earth cost accordingly.”

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