Kolkata: Challenging Singur Land Development and Rehabilitation Act 2011, which has been made by Mamata Banerjee government, Tata Motors Limited (TML) on Monday told the Calcutta High Court that land leased for the Nano car project at Singur was utilised and not kept idle.

The factory was constructed at the site but situation compelled the factory to be shifted to Gujarat despite crores of rupees being invested. 

Making a submission in the court of Justice Saumitra Pal, TML counsel Samaraditya Pal said that 997.11 acre of land leased to TML (lessee) by WBIDC (lessor) was not kept idle from the time of execution of the lease deed to the exit from the site by the company.

Pal said that according to the lease agreement, the leased land would have remained with TML for a period of 90 years from the date of execution.

Tata Motors Limited invested a big amount of money to develop the land and construct the plant in a record time of 13 months and it also started trial production of the car, he said and added that the company had invested Rs 1800 crore and tried its best to start commercial production by November 2008, but owing to protest the plant was shifted.

(JPN/ Bureau)