Government announces new industries in Singur

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Kolkata, Oct 22 (UNI) Sticking to the stand of using the land of Singur only for industrial ventures, the state government today announced that steps were initiated for setting up new industries in the acquired area.

An official statement issued from the Writers' Buildings said the character of the land had been changed for constructing related infrastructure required for industries and hence it could not be utilised for other purposes.

'' The government has started adopting measures to set up new industries in Singur after the exit of Nano and the process will be completed soon, '' the statement said.

It clarified that electricity, roads, sewerage system and other infrastructural facilities had already been launched in Singur which would help the industrialists set up their projects.

The state government had acquired the land under the Land Acquisition Act for making passage for Tata Motors' small car factory and other ancillary units, the statement added.

'' Because of unrest by a section of the people and violence the task was not completed, '' it observed.

CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose said, '' We have received a slew of proposals from several quarters on setting up industry in Singur. There is no dearth of investors here. Industry will positively be set up here. '' He said there was a proposal of setting up an industrial hub in Singur.

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee reiterated her demand of returning lands to "unwilling" farmers of Singur.

'' The land was required forcefully from the people for setting up Tata Motors' Nano project in Singur and those lands should be given back to them, '' she averred.

Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata pulled out the Nano from Singur on October 3 following the prolonged protest against it by Ms Banerjee and her party and relocated it in Sanand in Gujarat later.

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