Kolkata: Acting on the promise of the
Trinamool Congress-led government in West Bengal to return
land to unwilling farmers at Singur, industry minister Partha
Chatterjee on Tuesday visited the abandoned Tata Motors small car
Accompanied by WBIDC managing director Subrata Gupta and
local Trinamool MLA and school education minister Rabindranath
Bhattacharjee, Chatterjee inspected the entire site and held a
meeting with WBIDC officials at a camp office located within
After coming out of the meeting, Chatterjee told waiting
reporters, "It will not be difficult to return 400 acres to
the unwilling farmers, provided `all sides` agreed."
On the very day of the inauguration of her government on
May 20, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had promised to return
400 acres of land to the unwilling farmers and welcomed the
Tatas to set up shop on the remaining 600 acres.
While Chatterjee was talking to WBIDC officials inside
the camp office, some farmers, who had received cheques for
parting with their land for the plant to come up, expressed
dismay at the `dismal` state-of-affairs.
On the other hand, the farmers, who had refused to
receive cheques, told reporters they had expected to get back
their land immediately after the new government was installed.
"But, now it seems the whole matter has been wrapped in
a legal tangle."