Korba. Social worker Virendra Pandey held a press conference on Tuesday and spoke about the ongoing land dispute in village Risdi. He said that the government has informed that the said land allotted to M/s Debu Power India Limited in 1998 was cancelled, hence, the farmers should now get back the land as per rules. Virendra Pandey said that during the land allotment process, the government had promised jobs to the eligible people from the concerned farmer family as per rules. Now 22 years have passed, no job materialised but, the land got allotted. The cancelled land should now go back to farmers.
Virendra Pandey made many revelations with the complete document. He informed that private and government land was given to M/s Debu Power India Limited in village Risdi for setting up a 500×500 power plant. Under which 260.53 acres of private land and 499.60 acres of government land got allotted to the company. Also, 30 crores 1 lakh 93 thousand 600 rupees premium and two crores 25 lakh 14 thousand 526 rupees annual rent were fixed. After some time, the company went bankrupt, during which the company had deposited an amount of Rs 10 crore 55 lakh 32 thousand 327 with the government as compensation for private land. Also, the company did not deposit 30 crores 1 lakh 93 thousand 600 rupees fixed for government land. Even after repeated efforts, the company did not deposit the amount and said that this amount is too much. After which, the Collector wrote a letter to the Revenue Secretary on February 10, 2009, sent his opinion to cancel the allotted land and asked to hand over the government's electricity board. This matter also went to court. There was no response for some time, and now this land is again in dispute. Virendra Pandey suggested that it is better to invite public tender or return it to the farmers concerned.