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MP visits water project site at Cedars estate

Posted by Ramesh Khati on June 27, 2009

KURSEONG, 26 JUNE: The Rajya Sabha MP from Darjeeling, Mr Suraj Pathak , visited the Balasun Water Project site at Cedars Tea Estate area near Sonada yesterday and took stock of the people’s grievances centering round the project.
He also held a meeting with the project officials and PHE officials.
Notably, some local people had lost their farmland along with their standing crops as these were within the project site near the Balusun bank at Cedars. Deprived of the means of livelihood the locals are demanding adequate compensation against the loss they have incurred due to the project. The deputy general manager of the Ramky Infrastructure Ltd, which has been entrusted with the project implementation task, Mr Subrato Kaur said that his company was fully prepared to suitably compensate the land-losers.
Mr. Pathak confirmed, following the meeting with the concerned officials and the locals, that nine persons would be rehabilitated soon.
“They would be issued appointment letters by the concerned company for jobs in the on going project,” he added. He further said that the project when complete would solve the longstanding water crisis plaguing the Darjeeling hills. “It would be pressed into operation hopefully by next year,” Mr Pathak assured.

Source:The Statesman

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