Sit in protest held at Bishnupur against Industrial estate

BISHNUPUR, October 30: The locality of the Tengkhal village in Bishnupur district was today organized a sit in protest against the proposed construction of an Industrial Estate at agriculture area of Tengkhal Khunou village.

D K Kabui, the secretary of the Tengkhal Khunou Land Protection Committee demanded to shift the proposed industrial estate to be set up at Tengkhal village Dag No 10.34 to other suitable location as the area is agricultural land adding that the 54 land owners and their families of the 80 acres arable land has been earning their livelihood from the agricultural products of the land.

The secretary further mentioned that the decision of the government to set up industrial estate at the said area without intimating any information and necessary notice is a violation of human rights of the concerned land owners, adding that in the past, state government made misadventure of constructing main canal and high canal in the same area but the scheme was failed.

Despite this, more than five hectares of agriculture land are unutilized for agricultural activities due to construction of two pump set in the agricultural land, D K Kabiu said and adding the famers have no other alternative than their traditional paddy cultivation and its allied works.

D K Kabui further expressed that the concern SDO has been enquired in this connection same time back and the same SDO intimated that there was no such plane and no necessary documentation was prepared.

And now, the planning of the proposed industrial estate is at its completion stage, he lamented and further appealed the concern authority to review the decision.

If the concern authority is not responding to their request, an agitation will be launched so that they can have their land right, D K Kabui warned.

During the sit in protest, placards which reads ‘No Industrial Estate at Arable Land’, ‘Save famers’ Life’, ‘Protect farmers’ Right’, ‘Shift Industrial Estate to other Suitable Location’ were displayed.

It is noteworthy to mention that memorandum were submitted to revenue minister, Bishnupur DC and SDO to withdrew the decision of the industrial estate, but not response has been got, it said.

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