JMM wants pound of flesh: HQs of DVC, CIL

Written by State Bureau | Jamshedpur, Jul 26 | Updated: Jul 27 2008, 10:04am hrs
The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), which had forwarded a 13-point demand for supporting the UPA government at the vote of confidence, on Saturday iterated its demand that the headquarters of both Coal India Ltd (CIL) and Damodar Valley Corp (DVC) be shifted to Jharkhand from West Bengal.

"We have put forward the demands on behalf of the people of Jharkhand," said Jharkhand deputy chief minister Sudhir Mahato, adding his party had extended its support to the UPA government as it felt the nuclear deal was in national interest.

Mahato claimed that as around 80%-90% of DVC's operations and most of CIL's coal extractions take place in the state, the headquarters of both the companies should be in Jharkhand.

"We are suffering a revenue loss on account of sales tax as billings were not done in Jharkhand," said Mahato on Saturday, without quantifying the loss being incurred by the state.

JMM also wants the NH-33 stretch (between Barhi and Baharagora, which enters West Bengal at Chihra) and the NH-6 stretch (between Balasore and Baharagora) to be converted into six lanes, and that NH-80 into four lanes.

The party has also demanded a central power project in Santhal pargana and a bridge over the Ganges, which passes through Sahebgunj.

Unauthorised launch operations from either side of the river, he said, are robbing the state of its revenue and the bridge will open up employment opportunities for the locals.

The party has also asked for a Rs 500-crore package for preventing soil erosion caused by the Ganges and Rs 5,000 crore for all-round development of its districts affected by Naxalism.