Patna: The Bihar government on Thursday conceded that the farmers` stir against inadequate compensation for land acquisition for a thermal power project in Aurangabad district was a `temporary` setback, but said it will not be allowed to cast a shadow on the project.
"Yes, last week`s farmers` agitation at Nabi Nagar is a `temporary setback to the thermal power project," Principal Secretary (Energy) Ravikant told reporters in reply to a question.
The development has caused a disruption and affected contruction work for 1980 MW thermal power project by NTPC, he said.
The energy department had nothing to do with fixing land prices at Nabi Nagar which was done by the revenue department, Ravikant said.
He said that revenue officials will redress the grievances of farmers on compensation soon.
He also denied that NTPC might walk out of the project in view of the farmer`s stir.
The farmers had staged a massive protest in Nabi Nagar on January 15 alleging inadequate compensation for their land and had damaged public property and burnt a train engine.