Land deal inked

The Telegraph

Kalimpong, Nov. 25: The Kalimpong Municipality today formally set in motion the process of acquiring 8.25 acres of land at Lower Bhalukhop to construct a permanent waste management facility.

The land will be purchased at Rs 2 lakh per acre from the villagers. An adjoining wasteland, spread over 1.75 acres and owned by the state land and land reforms department, will also be acquired for the Rs 2.39-crore dumpyard.

The municipal authorities and villagers inked an agreement on the terms and conditions of the deal in the presence of Kalimpong subdivisional officer P.T. Sherpa.

According to the agreement, garbage collected from the town will be treated in a scientific manner so as to avoid causing any health hazard to the people living in the vicinity. Even the transportation of solid waste will be carried out in a scientific manner.

The agreement also states that the villagers will be given preferences in jobs arising in the facility. “Please understand that we agreed to sell our land in the larger interest of the residents of Kalimpong, but not at the cost of our safety,” said Binod Rai, a villager.

Chairman of the civic body Norden Lama said the sales deed would be signed in the next few days.

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