The Mamata Banerjee government may move Supreme Court seeking time beyond the 12 weeks the apex court has given it to return land acquired in Singur to its owners. What has come as a major challenge to land surveyors is getting control of the land that has remained unutilized for 10 years for Tata’s Nano project. “The Singur land abounds with snakes, making it difficult for us to enter the Nano factory site.
It is overgrown with weeds amid pools of water. I don’t think we can complete the work within the stipulated time,“ said a block land official who came from Serampore on Saturday to assist a 16-member land team from Kolkata. After Saturday’s heavy downpour, more rain can upset the survey work. Land officials used gadgets placed on tripods outside the boundary area to take satellite images of the topography and analysed the data on computer screens fitted with the gadgets. They will match these images with land records prior to acquisition and try to redraw borderlines of the plots that no longer exist after the 2006 acquisition.
Singur was back to activity with heavy-duty KMC grasscutters-cum-harvesters entering the factory site to do the primary land levelling. KMC officials broke open the old lock at the entrance to make way for these machines. “We have cleared the weeds spread over 130 acres.The primarily levelling of the land has been done,“ a KMC official said. People from four KMC wings -civil engineering, parks, roads and solid waste -are working on a war footing to meet the Supreme Court deadline. Heavy-duty demolition machines have already reached the place.
Bartaman Patrika epaper 04-09-2016: http://epaper.prabhatkhabar.com