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Mamata poised to take back Singur land

india Updated: Jun 14, 2011 00:44 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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The West Bengal government is poised to take back all the land in Singur allotted to the Tatas in 2007 for the Nano car factory. The government is likely to make its move on Tuesday by passing the Singur land rehabilitation and development bill, 2011, in the assembly.

Reclaiming the 997.17 acres of land the previous CPI(M) government leased out to Tata Motors Ltd and other vendors in Singur is the salient point of the Trinamool Congress government's bill.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has announced about 600 acres will be kept aside for industries and the rest distributed among farmers who refused to give up land for the Nano project.

HT has information that in reclaiming the land, the government will bank on the logic that the Tatas failed to abide by the agreement of running the industry within three years.

The Nano project moved to Sanand, Gujarat, in 2008 after land rows in Singur.

An official source said Tata Motors Ltd and other vendors would get compensation, as determined by district judge, Hooghly, on applying for it.

The CM - after failing to notify an ordinance on Singur land - is bypassing rule 75 of the assembly with the bill. The rule states a new bill has to first go to the House select committee.

Later, if required, there has to be a public discussion on the bill and then it is to be circulated to the members of the House five days before being tabled.

Left Front chief whip and former land minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah said he received the draft bill on Monday.

"We have no other option but to agree with the tabling of the new bill, as the Speaker, using his discretionary power, has requested us to accept it."

However, Mollah said his party, the CPI(M), favoured the decision to hand over land to farmers who were unwilling to part with it.