Land for rail projects will not be acquired by force: Mamata

Last Updated: Friday, December 18, 2009 - 22:23

New Delhi: Terming SP leader Amar Singh`s
warning to her against land acquisition in UP for the freight
corridor project as "unfortunate", Railway Minister Mamata
Banerjee on Friday said "land will not be acquired forcefully for
any rail projects."

"I was not the minister when the notification (land
acquisition for the eastern DFC) was issued in February. When
it came to my knowledge I stopped it," she said.

Singh, who backed Banerjee in the Singur agitation,
warned her in the Rajya Sabha against acquiring land in
Chandoli for the corridor project, saying there would be
"blood bath" against the move.

He said the Railways is acquiring 10,000 hectares land
for the freight corridor project.

However, Banerjee countered this saying, "it is not
10,000 hectares but 244 hectares of land in Chandoli. We want
the Dedicated Freight Corridor but land will not be acquired
forcefully."

On the delay in starting work on the Palghat rail coach
factory in over 900 acres land in Kerala, the minister said
there was some resistance against land acquisition, but
railways have decided to set up the factory on 600 acres which
is undisputed.

Earlier in the day, Kerala MPs met her seeking early
resumption of the project.

-PTI



First Published: Friday, December 18, 2009 - 22:23

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