The Nano plant at Singur became history on Tuesday, as the West Bengal government declared at the factory gates that it had taken over the 997.17-acre plot.
“This is to bring to your kind notice that Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011, has come into effect from 20.06.11. …the land stands vested with the state government, free from all encumbrances,” read the notice signed by Hooghly district magistrate Sripriya Rangarajan.
The Singur Bill turned into a law after governor MK Narayanan signed it on Monday.
“You are obliged to restore vacant possession of the land leased out to you by the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) forthwith in favour of DM, Hooghly. Please note in case of failure of delivery…necessary action will be taken,” stated the letter.
Besides Rangarajan, 10 unwilling land losers also signed the notice at the spot as witnesses. “We have no knowledge of any such notice. They came at a time when none of our representatives was at the site,” said a Tata Motors official.
The sight of government officials pasting the notice around 7.30 pm attracted a number of locals, mainly unwilling farmers who are virtually counting days for chief minister Mamata Banerjee to return their lands.
“This is the day we were waiting to see for so long. It feels like a sweet revenge,” said Mahadeb Das, a leader of Krishi Jami Raksha Committee.