Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress today
demanded that the West Bengal government hand over the site of
Tata Motors` abandoned small car project to the Railways for
an international-standard coach factory "without creating any
"Without creating any fresh controversy, the state
government should hand over the entire land in Singur. The
Railways will decide to how to set up the coach factory there
while maintaining a balance between agriculture and
industry," party general secretary Partha Chatterjee told
reporters in the assembly premises.
Chatterjee, who is also Leader of the Opposition, said
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee had stated that the Railways
were willing to set up a coach factory in Singur.
"But the state government has not taken any positive
step even after the Railway Board chairman`s letter to it," he
He alleged the government was renewing the lease of
the industrial house on one hand while saying it wanted to
provide land to the Railways.
"For them, industrialisation is merely a slogan. They
have no will to implement it. If the state government was
really interested, it would have handed over Basumati
Corporation, a sick state undertaking, to the Railways," he
The Railway Minister had stated that she was ready to
run the Basumati under the Railways, he said.
Chatterjee declined to comment on WBPCC chief Manas
Bhunia`s statement in the assembly that the state government
should bring back the Nano project to the state leaving aside
the controversial portion of land in Singur.
"Who asked the Tatas to leave? They could have set up
the unit on 600 acre. They held Banerjee responsible. But the
people have answered through ballots," he said.