New Delhi: Weeks after resuming office at the Writers’ building, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee promulgated an ordinance on Thursday to pave way for returning 400 acres of the Singur Nano factory plot to the unwilling farmers.
The ordinance would remove the legal hurdle in the course of returning the acquired land to its original owners who had been supposedly forced to give up their land for the much touted Tata group’s small car wonder Nano.
Flipping her earlier anti-Nano stand, Bannerjee said, "The rest of the 600 acres (one acre = 43,560 square feet) of land is still left to the Tatas to set up any factory".
The Chief Minister also added, "The Governor has put his signature. The ordinance has been passed."
Since the Assembly was not in session, passing a law was not possible. The only option left for the government was to pass an ordinance.
A Tata spokesperson said, "We're not aware of such a development, and we cannot comment unless we have studied the ordinance."
First Published: Friday, June 10, 2011, 09:12