Work at Essar’s Durgapur project got stopped due to agitation

Pipe laying work at Essar's Durgapur project

Production at the coal bed methane (CBM) gas project of Essar Oil at Nachan village of Durgapur was affected yesterday (Friday) due to agitation by more than 100 odd villagers. The agitating villagers with Trinamool flags in their hands stopped Essar oil’s workers and officers from entering the area demanding repairing of roads, erecting electric poles, village development and jobs for locals. This has been the third time in less than a month when work at the CBM project at three different sites under Durgapur subdivision got stalled due to agitation by villagers under the backing of Trinamool Congress.
Sujit Mukherjee, the block president of Faridpur (Laudoha) Trinamool Congress, admitted that his party has supported their agitation. “We are supporting their movement,” he said.
An Essar Oil spokesperson termed it an unfortunate incident. “The company along with the district administration is trying to settle the issue,” he said. A senior Essar Oil official said from Mumbai: “It has become a regular practice of villagers to stop work in the area. As of now, we are trying to settle the issue through discussions. But if the interruptions continue, we will seek the help of the government.”
OC of Laudoha police station, Sandip Chattoraj, said that police were keeping a tab on the situation. Till Friday evening, Laudoha police have not interfered.
The Essar CBM project is key to the upcoming Rs 5000 crore Matix Fertilizer plant at Panagarh. Also, the additional CBM gas can change the socio-economic scenario of Asansol Durgapur industrial belt.

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