Assam Govt Uprooting Over 30 Lakh Tea Bushes To Make Airport in Cachar

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Assam government in February this year announced that an airport will be built using a part of Daloo tea garden
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Assam Govt Uprooting Over 30 Lakh Tea Bushes To Make Airport in Cachar
Eviction at Daloo tea garden in Cachar

Assam Govt Uprooting Over 30 Lakh Tea Bushes To Make Airport in Cachar

Guwahati: The eviction drive to clear the tea bushes at Daloo tea garden in Cachar district to make way for a greenfield airport continued for the second day on Friday.

From Thursday, hundreds of bulldozers started uprooting tea-plants. As per authority, over three million plants were to be uprooted to construct the greenfield airport.

The eviction drive continued despite protest from more than 2000 workers of Daloo Tea Garden. Assam government in February this year announced that an airport will be built using a part of Daloo tea garden.

The government estimated to pay a sum of Rs 50 crore to build the airport using 2500 bigha land of the tea garden.

Though the owner agreed, workers were unhappy with the decision and been protesting since the announcement of the project.

Sources said that the state government has distributed pending money of Provident Fund (Rs 1.57 crores) and Gratuity (Rs 80 lakhs) among the workers. However, the workers were alleging that they did not agree to the eviction.

Police on Thursday also started a huge flag-march in the tea garden area.

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