Moving away from the bitter past, the Mamata Banerjee government has said it will compensate the Tata group for losses incurred in Singur, and would offer them land for an industrial hub. The proposal is being made as the government is not in a position to settle the compensation in cash, and instead would offer the Tatas land and other business friendly measures.
Providing an alternative for the Singur land, the West Bengal government said it is ready to offer Tatas land at West Midnapore, Purulia.
"We have a land bank and a land map. We can also give 1,000 acres in Goaltore in West Midnapore. In Raghunathpur in Purulia, 2,600 acres of land is ready," The Indian Express report said quoting state finance minister Amit Mitra.
Prodding Tata Steel or Tata Metaliks to start a project, the finance minister said the government has also set aside 800 acres of land in Kharagpur and 700 acres of land in Panagarh aread of Bardhaman, the report said.
The total losses suffered by Tata Motors for its Singur project is likely to be around Rs 1,400 crore, the report said.
Recently, during her trip to Munich (Germany), Mamata Banerjee urged the Tata group that investment can still be made in several other parts of the state.
It was the Singur land agitation that had propelled Mamata into the political dominance in West Bengal.
The Tata group was forced to pull out of the state and relocate the plant lock, stock and barrel to Sanand in Gujarat following two-year-long agitation by farmers, lead by Mamata.
Around 2,200 farmers were 'unwilling' to part with their land. They owned about 400 acres, as per the claim made by Mamata.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court in its verdict asked the state government to return 997 acres of land to farmers, who are the original owners, in 12 weeks' time.