The Tata Group’s Nano project, moved to Gujarat from West Bengal a few months ago, has run into fresh trouble. A group of farmers in Sanand, where Tata Motors has been allotted 1,100 acres of land, has filed a write petition in the Gujarat High Court, claiming that 865.12 acres of land (part of the 1,100 acres), which belonged to their ancestors, had never been acquired by the government. Hence, they contended, the government had no right to hand it over to the Tatas.
A division bench of the Gujarat High Court on Wednesday asked the state government to respond to the petition by December 10.
“The petitioners have said that they are not opposed to the Nano project,” said Rajesh Savjani, an advocate appearing for the petitioners, told HT on Wednesday evening, adding that they want the government to acquire the land by paying the current market price.