Patna: The Bihar govt would not
tolerate damage to railway property, Chief Minister Nitish
Kumar said on the torching of the engine and a few
bogies of Gomo-Barkakhana passenger train at Nabinagar in
Aurangabad district on Saturday.
The chief minister said the government was sympathetic
towards the plight of farmers whose lands were being acquired
for setting up the 1980 MW thermal power station and would
consider their demands favourably seeking compensation, but
none would be spared for damaging railway property.
Stating that he had sought full details from the
district administration about the protest, he said farmers
were being paid compensation according to government policy
for acquiring land for setting up industries and power plants.
Stating that legal action would be taken against the
farmers, he said, when the government announced that land
would be acquired for the power plant, a few people to hike
land prices purchased and sold it which was declared invalid
by the district magistrate.
A few farmers had even moved the Patna High court to
stop acquisition of their land but their plea was rejected, he
told reporters on the sidelines of his Janata Durbar said.
Kumar said the compensation was always decided on the
floor rate which varied from place to place and the government
decided to compensate farmers accordingly.
Kumar said as per information received by him the
controversy over compensation was for ryati and government
land. The government paid compensation for acquiring arable
land of farmers and not for government land.
The government was abiding by this compensation policy
for acquiring land for setting up the thermal power plant on
about 2500 acres, he said.
"Power is a necessity for the state`s development and
those opposed to setting up the plant should decide
for themselves whether they wanted to live in darkness or an