Tata has already moved its planning project to Sanand in Gujarat
Supreme Court has directed Tata Motors to draw out its uncertainty over the Singur land and has also suggested to return the very land to farmers. Tata Motors acquired 912 acres of land which had been allotted to the company for its Tata Nano factory in Singur, West Bengal. In 2008, violent protests were made by the farmers against the establishment of factory at Singur. Tata Motors have already pulled out its factory from West Bengal and has moved it to Sanand in Gujarat.
“Now that you have moved elsewhere, you are just a leaseholder of the land. You cannot claim to have any interest in the land,” a two-judge bench of the apex court said.
“Why don’t you allow the state to return the land to agriculturists? Let agriculture survive in this country.”, Justice HL Dattu stated.
Tata Motors stated in a statement that “The Supreme Court is exploring a holistic solution to the issue. The apex court has asked us to consider an alternative use of the Singur industrial land that is with us. We will certainly explore the possible options and inform the court at the next hearing. The apex court has mentioned that compensation will be paid if we can’t use the land and return it and the counsel for the state has agreed to the same. We will certainly consider this option, too.”
A special leave petition (SLP) was filed by the West Bengal Government over the acquisition of land. The next hearing of the case is scheduled to take place on August 13, 2013.