Words War Between ‘Two States’ Over Massanjore Dam Beautification


Suri: Old wine in new bottle. Jharkhand government has started tussle over beautification of Massanjore Dam which was an attempt by West Bengal government since many years. Nearly three decades after when Massanjore became a milestone in the battle between secularism and saffron, another war developed with blue and white.

The Bengal government attempt to paint a dam it owns in Jharkhand in Mamata Banerjee’s favourite colours has hit a BJP wall. But now it’s a day dream as BJP workers on Wednesday stopped the Bengal irrigation department from repainting the Massanjore Dam on the Mayurakshi in Dumka, saying they would not allow Trinamul’s colours in Jharkhand.

The dam, which mainly benefits farmers in Bengal, has been owned and maintained by Bengal since it was commissioned in 1955, and all its staff are Bengal government employees.

Bengal irrigation department sources said the state had allotted Rs 1.85 crore to beautify the dam and neighbouring structures, including its guesthouse. On the other side is another guesthouse – one that made headlines across the country in 1990 when then Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad dared to arrest Advani, leading a rath yatra to Ayodhya.

The Bengal government has stopped painting the dam’s walls, two-thirds of which now show just a coat of whitewash.

Dumka BJP president Nivas Mandal told The Telegraph he had gone to the site two days ago with his team after receiving complaints that the dam was being painted white and blue -colours seen on many government buildings in Bengal.

Part of Jharkhand people has removed the Biswa Bangla Logo and removed the welcome gate which used to hold a banner ‘Welcome to West Bengal’.