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WB Govt shelves IT township project after another land row

Last Updated: Monday, September 7, 2009 - 18:25

Kolkata: Rattled by allegations of
irregularities in allocation of land for a resort, West Bengal
government on Monday shelved the ambitious IT township project
where top companies including Infosys and Wipro were supposed
to set up their units.

"The government does not want to be involved in any
illegal activity. As such the IT department cannot proceed
with the project," an IT Department press release said here.

"Under the circumstances at this moment, we are unable
to stick to our assurances of providing land to Infosys and
Wipro and were constrained to inform them about the
government`s inability," it said.

The government had assured 90 acres each to Infosys
and Wipro in the project and signed MoUs with the two
companies last year.

The proposed Information Technology (IT) township, to
come up around luxury resort Vedic Village, had come under a
cloud due to investigations into allegations of a link between
local land mafia and management of the resort, which came
under scanner following an attack by a mob on Aug 23.

The government said that departments like Housing,
Land and Land Reforms, Urban Development and PWD were in
favour of scrapping the project.

"It is impossible for the IT department to proceed
with the project if any of these departments refused to
facilitate," it said.

After the Singur and Nandigram fiasco, the Vedic
Village issue snowballed into a major crisis for Buddhadeb
Bhattacherjee government with even ruling Left constituents
openly questioning the land deal. Land Reforms Minister Abdur
Rezzak Mollah demanded scrapping of the IT project.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, September 7, 2009 - 18:25
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