Furfura Sharif (WB): Railway Minister Dinesh
Trivedi on Sunday admitted that no compensation was enough for
loss of land, but said Railways was providing employment to
one member of each family affected by a railway project so
that "their life goes on".
"Land is life. Just as no compensation is enough for the
loss of life, likewise, there cannot be enough compensation
for loss of land," he said laying the foundation for the 19.5
km-long Furfura-Dankuni railway line project.
Loss of land cannot be compensated with employment. "But
life has to go on. That is why our leader Mamata Banerjee
during her tenure as Railway Minister had taken up a model for
the entire country that one member of the land loser families
would be given employment," he said.
Appointment letters were handed over during the day to 18
landowners of Dankuni who gave their land for the Railway
project, he said.
Dankuni Furfura Sharif, home to a Muslim shrine in Hooghly
district, is not far from Singur from where Banerjee began her
campaign against land acquisition.
Trivedi said Banerjee had allocated funds for the project
during her tenure as Railway Minister. "Our leader has asked
me to tell you that the survey work will be done in three
months. We will try to complete the project in 18 months," he