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VP questions Dadri deal with Reliance

FORMER PRIME Minister VP Singh said here on Sunday that the State Government had allotted 2,500-acre land to Reliance to set up a power plant at Dadri, Ghaziabad.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2006 00:57 IST

FORMER PRIME Minister VP Singh said here on Sunday that the State Government had allotted 2,500-acre land to Reliance to set up a power plant at Dadri, Ghaziabad.

“Three years have already passed, but no work has started on the land,” he added.

“The State Government should inform the people about the agreement with Reliance. If the company fails to complete the project on time, the government should impose a fine on it,” he said.

“Large subsidy on stamp duty was given to the company. Is Reliance so poor that it has to be given subsidy to start a project? If the subsidy given to the company is invested in irrigation, the majority of farmers would have been benefited,” Singh said.

“Though power plant is yet to come up at Dadri, land is being allotted to the builders. The fertile land of farmers and land belonging to Gram Sabha was acquired to set up the power plant. The Kisan Manch would direct the farmers to start sowing crop from July if the company fails to start construction work,” he said.

Talking to the media persons on Sunday, Singh raised the question over the working of the UP Development Council. “What is the achievement of the council since its constitution?” He asked.

“The Kisan Manch has urged the state government to constitute Kisan Vikas Parishad. The president of Kisan Manch has written three letters to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, but the Chief Minister’s Office is yet to reply to these letters. I will write the last letter to the Chief Minister. If he takes no action, the Kisan Manch will launch a movement,” he said.

“Manch will launch Rath Yatra in the neighbouring districts of Lucknow to raise awareness among the farmers. From April, the Manch would start ‘ghera dalo- dera dalo’ movement, he added.

Singh alleged that the Master Plan of Lucknow was being amended to benefit certain builders. Expressing anguish at the communal violence in the city, Singh said the government should set up an inquiry and take action against the people responsible for the violence.

First Published: Mar 06, 2006 00:57 IST