Having fulfilled the commitment of returning land to the farmers of Singur, the West Bengal government is planning to auction the metal scrap and car sheds of Tata Motors lying at the stackyard in Singur, Hooghly. “An internal assessment is being done to set a reserve price,” government officials said. The assessment is expected to be completed by December and the auction could be done sometime in January. When asked, a Tata Motors spokesperson said: “We do not have any comments on this at the moment.”
On August 31, the Supreme Court set aside the acquisition of 997 acres by the Left Front-led West Bengal government in 2006 to help Tata Motors set up its Nano plant in Singur. The timeline set by the court for redistributing the land was 12 weeks. The state government had initially asked Tata Motors to dismantle the structure at the site, but the company conveyed that its case in the Supreme Court was still pending. Following this, the state went ahead with dismantling of the structures at the site to pave the way for returning the land to farmers.
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