• Better power promise for Barasat belt

    Intermittent power disruption that plagues the Madhyamgram-Barasat belt will cease once a 132 kV sub-station lying dormant for years becomes operational early next year.

    “We have resolved a long-standing problem that prevented the stringing of high tension power lines on towers leading to the 132 kV sub-station at Mahispota in North 24-Parganas,” state power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said on Tuesday.

    The sub-station was constructed seven years ago but could not be used as villagers, inspired by the movement against farmland acquisition in Singur, refused to allow power lines to be drawn over their land until the government paid compensation. The problem that had kicked off during the final days of the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government remained unresolved in Mamata Banerjee’s first term when Manish Gupta was power minister. Chattopadhyay leveraged his political experience to rope in local MLAs Rathin Ghosh and Jyotipriya Mullick for convincing the people.

    “The state utilities will dip into their CSR fund to finance road, water and sanitation projects. But we have explained that higher payout by way of compensation is not possible as the law does not permit it. Around three towers have to be erected and 4 km power lines have to be drawn to connect the sub-station. Once it becomes operational, the entire belt will get uninterupted power,” he said. Stalemate over a 400 kV Power Grid Corporation sub-station at Rajarhat was also resolved with help of MLA Rezzak Mollah. Demarcus Lawrence Womens Jersey

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