More workers deployed at Singur to dismantle Tata Motors’ sheds
Twenty workers were deployed to level the ground and more have been deployed now to ensure that farmers get possession on time. A Division Bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justice V. Gopal Gowda and Justice Arun Mishra passed a judgment on August 30 declaring the acquisition of land in Singur unjustified and instructed the state government to return it to the farmers within 12 weeks.
Work is on to dismantle nine factory sheds set up by Tata Motors. The proposed factory for Nano was to come up on 71 acre land. While removing the factory sheds, the engineers found that the concrete columns are 30 feet deep. Dynamite explosions will be used to uproot the columns.
The state Education minister Partha Chatterjee who visited the spot on Sunday told the staff and workers engaged to level the land that the work would continue during the pujas. He also said he would visit the area to oversee the work. Within a few days after the Supreme Court judgement, Chief Minister left for a tour to Italy and Germany on September 2 and before leaving she had instructed her cabinet colleagues to visit Singur and oversee the work.
The state Agriculture department will return the land in cultivable condition. Experts from Kalyani Agricultural University have taken soil samples and it’s being examined in the labs. The farmers will be given seeds and training to cultivate the land.
Local MLA Rabindranath Bhattacharya said that people were very happy over the way work was being carried out. “The Agriculture department has chalked out plans to help the farmers cultivate the land and the awareness campaign has yielded results,” he said adding “many farmers now realize that they will earn money if they continue to cultivate the land.”
Singur is called the vegetable bowl of south Bengal. The land is fertile and lush. After deciding to give 997 acre of farm land to Tata Motors, CPI (M) government had first stopped supply of water to the fields. The power supply to the deep tubewells was disconnected and when the farmers went to the senior administrative officials, they feigned innocence.
The entire land became barren and the farmers’ agitations were silenced at gun point. At this juncture, Mamata Banerjee took up the issue and finally won the battle in the Supreme Court which instructed the state government to return the land to the farmers.