Dibrugarh: Amid fears of an agitation by people to be displaced for setting up the gas cracker plant, Assam government has assured paying adequate compensation for the land to be acquired for the Rs 5,460 crore project.
Several organisations like Lepetkata Anchalik Krishak Dabi Samiti, All Assam Sonowal Kachari Students’ Union, Sonowalk Kachari Youth Council and the Sonowal Kachari Women’s Association had threatened to launch an agitation if they were not adequately compensated for their land before the project was launched at Lepetkata near here.
But the state government is leaving no stones unturned to ensure the foundation laying ceremony for the project by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 9 April passes off peacefully. The state government has also assured that all land would be acquired and compensation paid by May this year.
District officials told PTI that till date 1,600 bighas of land, about 55% of the total 3,000 bighas required for the project, has been acquired by the administration and handed over to GAIL (India) Ltd, the main promoter.
“The remaining 1,400 bighas are under process of requisitioning and by May this year we will complete it,” the officials said.
Assam Minister for Industries and Commerce Pradyut Bordoloi said the apprehension expressed by some people they would not get compensation for their land “is baseless, unfounded and a mischievous conspiracy by vested circles”.
Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Bijoy Krishna Handique and Bordoloi met the affected families recently and assured them the government had a very transparent compensation and rehabilitation package for them.