Kolkata: Even though West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is yet to start the process of returning 400 acres of land in Singur to the unwilling farmers, alternative to the Tata Motors has started emerging in the state.

Leading Russia-based automaker, Ural Motor, has expressed its desire to set up a small car factory at the proposed 500-acre land of Singur. Ural India's chairman J K Saraf has written a letter to Banerjee in this regard.

Notably, the Bengal CM wants to utilize the rest of the land for setting up car factory or any other plant after returning the acquired land to the unwilling farmers.

While talking to Dainik Jagran, Saraf confirmed the news of sending a letter to the West Bengal CM. Saraf said, “Once we get an approval from the CM, we will set up the unit on the 500 acres of land in Singur.”

According to highly placed sources, “The way Tata Group has legally challenged government’s move to return farmers’ land has irked Mamata Banerjee.”

Tata Motors is keen to end the sensitive issue by accepting the compensation and damages but in wake of its move to take the issue to High Court has prompted the state government to toughen its stand.

JPN/Bureau