The farmers erupted in Andal near Durgapur yesterday showing absolute reluctance to provide further land to the proposed Aerotropolis project there. BAPL requires around 70 acres in Andal and Laodoha to shift the High Tension power transmission cables passing through the 2800 metres runway of Andal airport.
Chief minister of West Bengal inaugurated the airport at Andal near Durgapur yesterday (19 September) and named it as Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport after the famous Bengali poet, amidst serious concerns as to how the high tension lines that run across the runway of the proposed airport are to be removed.
Nine killed and 56 injured in a major road accident at Panagarh near Durgapur when a Durgapur bound public bus carrying at least 80 passengers trying to evade a huge pothole lost control, swerves off the road, smashes into a concrete road side pole and overturns to fell into a ditch at Pepsi gate just ahead of the Panagarh Railway over-bridge.
Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) is planning to develop food processing clusters in its 250 acres of unused land at Panagarh near Durgapur. DVC chairman told reporters that he is confident about the viability of a food processing cluster at Panagarh and said that it will be a win-win situation for both the airport at Durgapur and the industry.
Work at Essar Oil’s coal-bed Methane project in Akandara village in Kanksa PS near Durgapur got halted yesterday because of agitation by 200 villagers led by the Trinamool peasants’ cell block president Ajijul Middya. The villagers were protesting discharge of effluents from the project site, contaminating ponds and agricultural fields and demanding jobs as compensation.
Bengal government’s decision to waive land transfer tax for the purpose of transferring land within Durgapur Aerotropolis project to owners of schools, residential complexes, hospitals and hotels set up within the project complex at Andal of Durgapur has raised question mark over the huge loss of revenue for the government exchequer.