By A Newsman
Kolkata, 01 September: WEST Bengal government will make the Singur Tata Nano factory land cultivable before returning it to the original owners, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said today.
The Supreme Court had in an historic verdict yesterday asked the state government to return the entire 1,000 acre acquired land to the owners within 12 weeks.
“We will make it cultivable again and return to the owners. Each of the owners will get back the same amount of land that belonged to them. We have the land records for this,” the Chief Minister told newspersons today afternoon after holding a high-level meeting on the execution of the apex court’s order.
The meeting was attended by senior ministers, chief secretary, home secretary, and the secretaries of industries, finance, land and land reforms departments.
Banerjee announced that the sharecroppers too would get back the piece of land that they used to possess before the land was acquired in 2006. “There is no question of discrimination because all land records are with us.”
Survey of the entire stretch of acquired land at Singur will start from tomorrow and the process will be completed in two weeks. After this, there will be a field survey for four weeks to identify which part of the land belonged to whom so to hand it over back to them.
“Once the field survey gets over, we will start giving back the physical possession of the land to the owners and this will be done within the timeframe stipulated by the Supreme Court,” the Chief Minister clarified.
She added that going by the top court’s order, those farmers who had opposed the acquisition and did not accept the compensation, would get both monetary compensation and the plot of land they used to own. The amount of compensation would be what was decided at the time the land was acquired in 2006.
“Those, who had accepted the compensation back in 2006, would only get back the land now,” she said.
Banerjee further said that the state government would organise a central event at Singur on 14 September to celebrate Supreme Court’s historic judgment. “Prior to this, tomorrow, Singur Ustav will be celebrated in every parts of the state.”