Singur land to be used for other industrial units: CPI-M

October 13th, 2008 - 8:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Oct 13 (IANS) The West Bengal government will use the land that was acquired for Tata Motors Nano plant at Singur for other industrial units, said Shyamal Chakraborty, a Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) central committee member.”The state government is trying its best so that the Singur land can be re-utilised for other industries,” Chakraborty told reporters after emerging out of the party’s central committee meeting Monday.

CPI-M leads the Left front government in West Bengal.

He said that Tatas took the land from the state government on lease for the small car project and now the government was mulling how it can be given to other industrial units.

The auto major’s Nano plant was relocated to Gujarat following relentless protests by West Bengal Opposition Leader Mamata Banerjee. Tata Motors Oct 3 announced it was pulling out its Nano project from the troubled Singur region and blamed Banerjee for the “regretful” decision.

The three-day session of the CPI-M central committee entered the second day Monday at party’s state headquarters on Alimuddin Street to discuss the political strategy for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls due next year.

“I hope the state government will discuss the land issue with the automobile major. The farmers cannot buy back the land from the state government,” Chakraborty said, adding: “So far there has been no dialogue between both the parties - state government and Tatas.”

“The land, once acquired for the industry, can be given to others through an open-bidding system,” he said.

Senior state CPI-M leader and West Bengal Transport Minister Subhash Ckhakraborty Sunday signalled the Singur site would soon be handed over to another car-manufacturing company within next few months.

“Just wait for six months. You will find that another car-manufacturing factory is coming up there for which we have already started preparation,” he told a private television channel here.

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