The state government is likely to create a national record on September 14 when the chief minister will address a rally in Singur. Mamata Banerjee will be speaking from a 5,000 square feet stage along the Durgapur Expressway (NH2) that will accommodate as many as 300 people. Those who put up the July 21 mammoth stage – it will now look like a Lilliput before the Singur one – have been hired to do this job too.
“The chief minister wants September 14 to be a grand event. From the dais, she will portray her party as the saviour of farmers. She wants the nation to take note of this rally. The stage will be huge because the chief minister wants farmers to be on the dais. The stage has to be prepared in a planned way because we have to leave one flank of the expressway open for vehicles,” a senior officer of the district told HT.
On Monday, district magistrate Sanjay Bansal, superintendent of police Praveen Tripathy, Singur MLA Rabindranath Bhattacharya, minister and district Trinamool Congress president Tapan Dasgupta braved heavy rain and held a meeting along the Durgapur Expressway with senior officials of the district to chalk out plans for raising the dais.
The stage will be raised exactly where Mamata had her 16-day dharna in front of the Nano plant (August-September 2008) that ultimately forced the Tatas to pull out. “That is why the chief minister wants to make a point about her pro-farmer policies from that very place,” a top Trinamool leader said, requesting anonymity.
The district administration is also trying to achieve the seemingly impossible – prepare papers so that Mamata Banerjee can hand the land to a few farmers on September 14. If that does not happen, some of the unwilling landlosers must receive their compensation and testify before the world that Mamata Banerjee’s policy did not cause them any harm.
“We are working at breakneck speed. Land plots have been identified on more than 100 acres of land over the past three days. The surveyors have been given the target of identifying and demarcating land plots on 100 acres of land every day,” a source in the district administration said.
There are 3,535 plots inside the 997.11 acres compound. More than 300 surveyors are working day-in and day-out to identify and demarcate the plots. Halogens have been put up in place to ensure work does not stop after sundown.