Hooghly: West Bengal Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee said on Monday that the 400 acre land will be returned to the farmers who were unwilling to sell it and the rest will be utilised for the development of factories.

“The state government will give equal emphasis on agriculture and industry,” said Chatterjee who visited the Tata Motors project in Singur.

The minister has been instructed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to submit a detailed report on the disputed land.

Chatterjee was accompanied by the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) officials and held a meeting with the farmers who were reluctant to sell their land.

“Apart from inspection, photographs of the disputed land will be taken and a detailed report will be submitted to the Chief Minister,” said the Industry Minister who inspected the entire project site.

“The previous CPI (M) government had forcefully acquired the 400 acre land from farmers. If Tata wishes to set up factory on the remaining 600 acre land they are welcome otherwise the government will hold discussion with other industrialists,” said Chatterjee.

JPN/Bureau