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Tata Motors should have been given more land: Sen
Referring the land being used by the Maruti for producing their small cars, Sen said that Maruti has 1250 acres of land – 650 for the main factory and 600 acres for 55 ancillary units. Comparatively, Tata Motors have been given much less of land
TATA MOTORS should have been given more land at Singur for the small car project. This is what has been openly claimed by the West Bengal Industry Minister Nirupam Sen while opposing the logic of the Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee that the state government in collusion with Communist Party of India – Marxist (CPI-M) has gifted the Tata Motors 400 acres of extra land than what they actually required.
The statement has given a new momentum to the long standing debate over the allotment and is expected to give rise to a fresh political furore to the already agitated Singur issue.


In the CPI(M) organ Ganashakti, Sen has written an article today questioning the opposition’s movement against the Tata Motor’s project.


Trinamool Congress has been continuously claiming that Tata Motors should have been given lesser quantity of land because no car project requires 1000 acres of land. They agitated that the land has been allotted due to underhand dealings with the CPI(M) at the cost of poor farmers.


Sen has rather justified that the land allotment should have been more and Tata Motors has been given lesser quantity of land than what they require. The article says that the National Automotive and Research and Development Infrastructure Project (NATRIP) recommends 450 acres of land for a factory producing one lakh cars annually. For further one lakh cars, a factory requires 25 per cent land more. The land for plants for producing spare parts is not included in this requirement. “Tata Motors will be producing 3, 50,000 cars and they require more land. But we have given them only 645 acres of land for the factory and 290 acres have been allotted for the ancillary units,” he said.


Referring the land being used by the Maruti for producing their small cars Sen said that Maruti has 1250 acres of land – 650 for the main factory and 600 acres for 55 ancillary units. Comparatively, Tata Motors have been given much less of land.


On the question of giving back the land to the farmers unwilling to sell, Sen has very clearly stated that no land which has been acquired, can be given back to the owners because of legal bindings. Explaining in detail he has said that the total land that has been acquired amounts to 997.11 acres. So far 11, 000 land owners, who were holding 690.79 acres of land, have accepted the price. More than 1500 land owners are yet to accept the price of 306.32 acres of land. They have not done so mostly for different contradictions and problems among the owners. These lands cannot be given back because a Supreme Court verdict is very specific on such issue that says that once acquired land cannot be given back to its owner even for the purpose for which the land was acquired. The land then can be used for some other public interest project. And even if the land is sold away by the government that acquired it, it can do so only by following the rules and process of calling open tender at the highest price. Sen added that giving back the land to the unwilling farmers is also not practically possible because already the concrete structures have come up on the land, making the land unusable. Putting up the ethical point, Sen said that the only way out is to exchange the land between the unwilling and willing farmers, “but ethically this will not be a reasonable proposition because this would amount to injustice to the farmers who have given up the ownership for a good cause.”
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