The Times Of India, Nov 1 2015, Varanasi: Government officials in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency achieved a major success on Sunday when they convinced the farmers to call off their six months old stir after which the construction of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funded project of 140 mld sewage treatment plant was restarted at Dinapur.
After performing religious rituals at a function at the project site the officials ensured the beginning of STP construction. Following completion of religious rituals the district magistrate Rajmani Yadav informed TOI, “Apart from compensation against acquisition of their land the farmers were also demanding water supply line, road, sanitation in their village and also health facilities for Dinapur natives. During talks the farmers were convinced that their compensation would be paid as per the High Court hence there was no need of lingering the project with this issue. We promised them to fulfill their other demands after which they agreed to call of their stir and the STP construction works were restarted.”
This success of district administration and UP Jal Nigam officials has generated hopes for the completion of this project by March 2017. Under the Ganga Action Plan phase-II three new STPs were proposed in Varanasi in 2008 to put a complete check of sewage disposal in Ganga. Initially the UPJN had proposed the construction of JICA funded 140 mld STP and also JNNURM funded 120 mld STP at Sathwa. However, farmers’ protest did not allow UPJN to procure land for these projects at Sathwa. To avoid more delay in beginning of these projects the officials decided to take JNNURM funded project to Goithaha while JICA funded project was shifted to Dinapur in 2013.
But, the problems did not end even after taking this decision. To establish a STP of 80 mld under Ganga Action Plan phase-I the land of about 42 farmers was acquired at Dinapur in 1986-87. The issue of compensation for farmers against acquisition of their land was pending in court. On March 23, the HC issued an order in favour of 15 affected farmers and asked UPJN to pay the compensation money to them. In the meantime UPJN completed the process of awarding contract of Rs 220 crores for the construction of JICA funded project at the available land on Dinapur STP campus. With the beginning of construction works in May the farmers adopted war path and started a sit-in stir demanding payment of compensation for all 42 affected farmers as per the new land acquisition act.
In view of their stir the officials asked UPJN to stop the construction works at Dinapur. Since then the project remained stalled.