The Singur war over land has begun once again, this time between Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Tata Motors. But this battle is being fought in court over land given to Tata Motors.
The Singur war over land has begun once again, this time between Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Tata Motors.
The Calcutta High Court will, today, hear a petition filed by Tata Motors challenging the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act 2011 under which the Mamata government has taken over the land leased to it by the Buddha government.
The Singur Land Bill was passed in the state Assembly on June 14, amid a walkout by the Opposition Left parties, by voice vote along with some amendments brought by the government.
Effectively, the Mamata Banerjee government has acquired all of the 997.11 acres of land that the previous Left government had leased to Tata Motors. Out of that, around 400 acres belong to farmers. The other 600 acres that were leased, Ms Banerjee has said, will be "kept open for industry... the Tatas can set up industry if they want.
In Singur, the police have moved in at the project site and have taken over the land. The security staff posted at the site has been asked to vacate the site, and is being allowed to camp outside the site for the night.
Farmers in Singur plan to hold victory rallies around factory site on Wednesday.
Tata Motors is likely to move court on Wednesday against the Singur land rehabilitation and development bill, 2011, which cancels the 997.17-acre land lease given by the erstwhile Left Front government to Tata Motors, sources said.
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