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Bengal govt delegation meets locals to allay concerns over Deocha-Pachami coal project

Bengal govt delegation meets locals to allay concerns over Deocha-Pachami coal project
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Suri (WB), Jul 9 (PTI) A high-level delegation led by

West Bengal Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha on Thursday held

discussions with locals to allay their concerns over the

Deocha-Pachami coal mining project in Birbhum.

The state government is keen to kickstart the project

at the worlds second largest coal block with an estimated

2,102 million tonne of reserves, before the 2021 assembly

polls.

The delegation met around 50 people, including the

leader of a tribal organisation and representatives of local

bodies.

"We came here to directly talk to the people

concerned. We have replied to all their queries, and clearly

mentioned that it is a state government project, not a private

one," Sinha said.

"The West Bengal Power Development Corporation Ltd

(WBPDCL) will initially use the coal excavated from the mine.

The entire project area is around 3,500 acre, but we will

implement it in phases," he added.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, later in the day, said

in a tweet that her government will create "a model for

India" to execute large projects like the Deocha-Pachami coal

block.

"Chief Secretary Shri Rajiva Sinha ji, other senior

state & district officials have held detailed consultation

with the people of Md Bazar Block at Deocha. The entire coal

mining project was explained at length & all queries by the

relevant stakeholders were addressed.

"This shall be done in phases & with full public

support by adopting best mining practices in a time-bound

manner," Banerjee said.

Meanwhile, the opposition BJP claimed that the state

government was fooling the people of Birbhum before the

assembly polls.

Shyamapada Mondal, district president of the BJP,

said, "Before every election in the last few years, the chief

minister has talked about this project to befool the people of

Birbhum. The state government knows it is beyond its capacity

to implement this project." PTI CORR BSM

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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