The way I look at it is that Buddhadeb Bhatachara, the chief minister of West Bengal, is to the Left parties in India what Narendra Modi is to the Right-wing parties in India. He is the Left's Modi (more here and here). Some similarities in their colleagues also -- Brinda Karat is to the Left what Sushma Swaraj is to the Right.
Here is that report:
Subject: [seztrack] Digest Number 478
An Article on Nayachar
Posted by: "Sukla Sen" email@example.com
This was published in The Statesman dated 12th. Feb.'2008
Nayachar - Terminal Symptom of a Malady
The proposal for a chemical hub at Nandigram, in
Located near the confluence of the Haldi river and the Bay and virtually within the coastal offshore zone, it is a very small and flat island fully made up of unconsolidated alluvium that rose just three metres above the sea. GSI drilling also showed that it is similar material down to thirty metres. In the same offshore region, Lohacchhara, Supari Bhaga , Kapasgadi and
Somewhat later, Nayachar may share the same fate. Any industrial infrastructure shall necessitate substantial raising and consolidation of land by dumping colossal quantities of imported material. In fact, this process itself may expedite land collapse. Even then, would it be strong enough to bear major industrial infra-structural load ? Furthermore, such an island shall always remain susceptible to tidal waves and erosion.
Consequent on activating the proposed chemical hub, enormous quantities of hazardous wastes (including carcinogenic, mutagenic, and toxic to reproduction category) shall be generated with no safe dumping arrangements within the island. Obviously, these will be dumped into the sea, wreaking havoc on offshore marine life including fish and planktons. Most ominously, the seasonal offshore currents operating in the zone shall transport the pollutants along the coast into the Sundarban deltaic system and tidal currents will push them further into the Indo-Bangladesh river network.
The Chief Minister very recently reiterated from the ramparts of 'Fort Brigade Parade Ground' that Nayachar shall have the chemical hub. Even with the insensitivity of the State to valid scientific criticism, such a decision is simply mind boggling! Yet, there are alternatives available.
Having land fully government owned land, this island was handed over to the State Fisheries department about thirty years ago. A number of fishing cooperatives were formed and more than three hundred ponds were leased out to local fisher-folk and small entrepreneurs, commuting by ferry from Haldia. The island also has six hundred squatter families eking out at least a meagre livelihood as labourers in the ponds or catching fish. The socio-economic fallout of setting up a major industry cannot be ruled out, with inevitable problems of livelihood loss and rehabilitation of the displaced families.
The Jurong Consultants appointed by the Salim Group, has endorsed the Nayachar location, citing the examples of islands off
Andhra and other states are satisfying the huge demands of such a fish hungry State. The
Nayachar is another decisive step in
Yes, the Government is transforming the State into an environmental inferno, basically for the benefit of a miniscule affluent urban minority! Instead, by forsaking the globalisation highway, it could always choose the country roads of a resurgence that would include small agro-based industries. This would be sustainable and endow benefits on the overwhelming rural majority of the State.
Formerly , DDG,Geological Survey of
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