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
The delegation met around 50 people, including the
leader of a tribal organisation and representatives of local
"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
"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
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