West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Sunday ruled out return of farm land acquired nine years ago for setting up industries to the farmers of Shibpur near Bolpur.
"We will set up industries there. We expect that investors would surely come to set up industries on the acquired land. Small investors are also welcome here," Bhattacharjee told reporters in Suri when asked about the farmers' demand for return of the land.
In 2000, state-owned West Bengal Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBIIDC) acquired 260 acres of land at Shibpur for setting up a mega growth centre.
"But nothing has come up here since then. Only a part of the area was fenced off," district administrative officials said at the end of a meeting with Bhattacharjee.
Angry farmers had uprooted the boundary poles several times demanding the return of the land or immediate setting up of industries there.
To another query, Bhattacharjee said the state government would make the BPL list error free.
Earlier, he held a meeting with MLAs, MPs and senior officers of the district administration at a guest house in Suri.
However, Trinamool Congress MLAs and MP Shatabdi Roy boycotted the meeting dubbing it "an useless exercise".