Thursday, May 15, 2008

Singur votes as CM reviews work

http://www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=6&theme=&usrsess=1&id=203984

Statesman News Service
KOLKATA, May 14: Even when the people of Singur voted today to give the state government a piece of their mind on the controversial small car project, the chief minister busied himself with reviewing the work of desilting canal and upgrading drainage system around the Tata Motors project in a bid to avoid last year’s situation when the site remained flooded for weeks after a heavy shower.
The chief minister, Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, also held a meeting of the Cabinet sub-committee on industries and discussed industrialisation projects like a private airport and township at Ondal. It had been earlier decided that the 2300 acres of land required for the project would be purchased directly but now the state government is actively considering the land acquisition model after the rural polls. The sub-committee also discussed a project of manufacturing solar panels from silica to be set up at Haldia, an Indo-US joint venture with German technology.
Mr Bhattacharjee, who was unhappy with the progress of upgrading the drainage system around the project site in Singur, asked the officials of the irrigation department to expedite the work of desilting and excavating the Julkia canal and the Ghia-Kunti basin ahead of monsoon. While desiltation and excavation work would be completed before monsoon, construction of pump houses would take up longer and officials were apprehensive that if there was a deluge similar to last year, the site would once again be flooded.
The PWD was also asked to speed up construction of the approach of a new and broader bridge on the Ghia-Kunti after which the old bridge would be demolished and the canal excavated further.
It may be recalled that work for the small car project was held up for a month as the site remained flooded after a particularly heavy shower during last monsoon. Later, the state government announced a package for upgrading the drainage system in the area.

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