Partha, Firhad visit Singur to take stock of work
Three Trinamool Congress leaders, Partha Chatterjee, Firhad Hakim and Manish Gupta visited the site on Friday afternoon to oversee the restoration work that is going on in full swing. Banerjee had announced that the land will be returned to the farmers in cultivable condition. Before leaving for Europe, she had asked the ministers to visit the site to supervise work.
The leaders also visited the dais from where she will address the people. A separate dais has been set up for the family members of farmers from whom land was taken by the erstwhile Left Front government by force.
The state government has also proposed to set up a convention centre at the site and a monument in memory of those who sacrificed their lives for the save farmland movement launched by Mamata Banerjee a decade ago.
The main dais will be erected close to the spot from where she used to address the people of the area over a decade ago.
Chatterjee reiterated that the state government was against the forcible acquisition of land, particularly farm lands and industry would come up on suitable land. He expressed satisfaction over the way the work of cleaning, mapping and plotting was going on. 300 acre of land has already been cleared and their mapping and plotting have been done.
The documents submitted by the farmers have been verified and they were been given certificates. He said the work had been affected due to heavy rain that had hit the district in the past two days. Also, there are snakes on the land that require cleaning up. As a result, the labourers have to work very carefully. Labourers engaged with 100 days work have been engaged to level the ground.
The people of Singur are anxiously waiting for the announcement which the Chief Minister was likely to make on September 14. She will hold an administrative meeting and then attend the victory rally. After coming to power in 2011, she had promised to return land to the farmers of Singur. After the Supreme Court declared the acquisition of land illegal, the state government decided to abide by the court judgment and decided to return the land and compensation to the unwilling farmers.