Around 200 workers of Jai Balaji Industries Limited erupted in protest yesterday in front of the factory gate at Durgapur’s Sagarbhanga over non-payment of salaries for the last four months. The protest agitation continued for nearly two hours, however the workers of the private steel maker kept the production going.
Nearly hundred of slum dwellers residing at the slum beside CMERI Colony of Durgapur protested against the eviction notice served by the Asansol Durgapur Development Authority (ADDA). They protested in front of the house of ADDA chairman Dr. Nikhil Banerjee, who is also the Trinamool MLA of Durgapur (East).
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.
After police arrested the INTTUC unit president of a colliery in Pandaveswar near Durgapur for threatening an executive of the colliery at gunpoint, Trinamool leaders of Asansol-Durgapur have now criticized the decision of Eastern Coalfields Limited to shut down the colliery saying that the incident was of not such magnitude that the company has to shut down the colliery. INTTUC leaders in Asansol and Durgapur threatened to launch a movement against the company, saying it was out to malign the image of the state government.
State industry minister Mr. Partha Chatterjee, accompanied by agriculture minister Moloy Ghatak met Trinamool leaders and Essar Oil official at Durgapur yesterday to resolve the deadlock surrounding Essar’s Coal Based Methane project. Villagers led by Trinamool leaders stopped production of CBM at Essar Oil’s well in Akandara village of Durgapur on Sunday.
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.