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Ashok K Lahiri: Stopping the clock going back in Singur

The acquisition process was bad in law but the reconversion of land for agriculture may be another mistake. Is there a way out?

Ashok K Lahiri 

Ashok K Lahiri

Will the hands of the clock be put back in Singur in West Bengal? Will the blue and white factory sheds be dismantled, kilometres of roads dug up, bitumen, tonnes of fly-ash and concrete used for roads and land-fill removed to return the land for agricultural purposes? Will the suffering by the owners and cultivators, and also of the industrial enterprises - not only Tata Motors, but also quite a few vendors - from 2006 be all in vain? The Supreme Court in its judgment of August 31 has declared the acquisition of land in Singur by the West Bengal government in 2006 as illegal and void.

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First Published: Thu, September 15 2016. 21:50 IST
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