In line with her original resolution, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has reiterated she’d offer 600 acres of the Singur land to Tata Motors after returning about 400 acres to farmers.
This is the first time she has restated her earlier position after the issue went to court. The area of the site where the Nano plant was supposed to come up is 997 acres.
Only after the Tata group declined the offer would her government look for other investors, she said. Banerjee articulated this position in an article in Maa Mati Manush, a Bengali weekly in which she writes a column. The issue will come out on Friday.
“We will return 400 acres to the unwilling farmers. We will ask Tata Motors to set up their factory on the remaining 600 acres. Even if they are not willing, the land would be utilised for industry,” Banerjee has written.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday restrained the state government from handing over land to farmers who were unwilling to part with their land for the Nano factory.
“We have enacted a law for the rehabilitation and development of Singur farmers. According to this law, the government is the owner of the 997 acres,” the chief minister has written.
“People will see that agricultural activities would continue side by side with industry. Industry won’t come up at the cost of agriculture,” she wrote.
Earlier the Calcutta high court on Monday refused to uphold Tata Motors’ plea for an interim order on stopping the return of the Singur land to its original owners.
In another development, about 20 landowners who had given their land for the Nano project filed a petition on Monday seeking direction that if the state wanted to return the land, it should be returned to all the owners.