Haldia: Countering the CPI-M`s charge that she was anti-industry, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee
Friday asserted she was only against forcible acquisition of land and never opposed setting up of any factory.
In an obvious reference to the pullout of the Tatas from Singur, she said, "The CPI-M has dubbed me as anti- industry. But I always said that let the factory be set up on
600 acres and return 400 acres. They don`t know how to work."
Banerjee, who was here to lay the foundation for a DMU
coach factory, asked, "How much land is required for a car
factory? We have 42.5 acres of land here on which the DMU
coach unit will be set up. The painting of the coach will be
done in Kharagpur. What is the harm in it?"
Banerjee, who also laid the foundation for a wagon
component unit at Jellingham near Nandigram, said that it
would be set up jointly by the Railways, SAIL and Burn
In an oblique reference to Chief Minister Buddhadeb
Bhattacharjee`s comment expressing surprise over source of
funds for setting up of so many factories announced by her,
she said, "They are jealous. Earlier also they had predicted
that the Digha-Tamluk rail will not come up when I was the
railway minister in my earlier term and tried to disrupt it.
CPI-M is doing nasty politics.
"They don`t do it themselves and opposed if someone
else wanted to do it. There is no use showing jealousy. One
should know how to work," she said.
"The CPI-M sought explanation for my work in the last
one and a half years without explaining what they have done in
the 35 years they are in power," she said and promised "I will
fulfill 99 per cent of the commitment made in the railway budget."
Accusing the CPI-M of opposing the DMU unit at
Sankrail in Howrah district, she said it had been shifted to
Haldia which has port connectivity. "But I am still open to
setting up of a unit at Sankrail. However, much they try, they
will not be able to stop us from setting up factories."
She said her ministry was setting up so many units
across the state and country where people would get
employment. Railway will provide employment and rehabilitate
those who gave up land for laying railway tracks, she said.
"No project can be implemented If there is no vision.
A deep-sea port will be set up at Sagar Island by the shipping
ministry for which no land is required."
Claiming that the LF government was doing whatever
they want and allowed people to keep much more land than the
ceiling permitted, she said the entire thing would be reviewed
after a new government was installed in the state after the