Land losers of Tata Power’s 1000 Mw coal-based power project originally supposed to come up at Naraj near Cuttack, are bracing for an agitation on the lines of their counterparts in Singur (West Bengal) who had demanded return of land lost for the Tata Motors’ Nano project.With Tata Power relocating its project and later purportedly shelving it, the land losers are left with no livelihood option. People in five villages- Mundali, Talagarh, Naraj-Marthapur, Ramdaspur and Nuagaon had lost 1,200 acres of agricultural land for the project that never took off. The one-time compensation paid by the company for their surrendered lands is no solace for the people who are now battling for survival.A Tata Power spokesperson said, “Tata Power is not developing any power plant at Naraj near Cuttack. Tata Power has already written to the Government of Odisha (GoO) to take over the land. We have already formally agreed to handover the land back to GoO and expect them to take necessary steps to ensure smooth closure. Tata Power understands that GoO would want to develop the land on their own, after settlement of take-over of the same.”It’s not known if the state government would bring back the patch of acquired but unutilised land to its land bank or return it to the original land owners.
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