The Singur land agitation ended after 10 long years, demolition of Tata Nano car plant site on has led to the resume of farming on the land on Thursday.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee celebrated the same sparkling mustard seeds on the land. Earlier in August, the Supreme Court’s verdict came in the favour of farmers as it pounded the land acquisition by West Bengal government. Within 12-week, the deadline given by the SC on 31st August, 103 acres of land was provided to 298 farmers.
Mamata addressed a gathering at Gopalnagar mauja and said, “Of the 997 acres which will be returned, besides 65 acres, the rest have been converted into cultivable land. While by November 10 we plan to return all the land to the claimants, if my officials can complete the task by November 8, nothing like it.” She personally handed over land to 21 farmers.
She asserted that 36 out of 65 acers have been constructed but it would be cleared. “The land would be made cultivable before returning it to the farmers within the deadline given by the Supreme Court,” said Mamata.
Mamata, who had steered the agitation against “forcible” land acquisition in 2006, said that “Singur will be a model before the world, and a monument will be constructed here… I have asked the DM to find a place. The monument will remind us what the people here had gone through… It will contain photographs of Tapasi Malik and Rajkumar Bul, the two martyrs who had laid down their lives in the struggle to save their land.”
She also discussed the condition of the land with the farmers and asked about the crop that they want to grow or harvest in the coming days. She also handed over cop kits to some.
Hooghly District Magistrate Sanjay Bansal said that the land will be returned to 10,436 people. “As many as 4,443 cheques have already been handed over to farmers. Moreover, 56 deep tube wells will be drilled to make the land even more conducive to agriculture,” he added.
According to sources, 40 to 50 acres of land will be given to farmers in Singur until 10th November.