Kolkata: The West Bengal government is ready to pay compensation to Tata Motors against the land that was taken back from the company at Singur.

Advocate General Anindya Mitra, representing the West Bengal government, informed the court about the state government’s stand on the issue.

The court has asked the state government to clear its stand on the issue by Thursday.

During the hearing of the case, which challenged the Singur Land Resettlement and Development Act 2011, the state government gave a proposal that said, “There is a provision under section 23 and section 24 of old Land Acquisition Act to pay compensation. The state government agrees to pay compensation but the district court will decide what and how much must be the compensation.”

Objecting to the proposal, advocate of Tata Motors Limited (TML) Samaraditya Pal argued, “The condition of the land lease agreement between TML and state government is not being considered in West Bengal. Compensation is being given against the land on which construction was done for the Nano factory and not for the land that was taken back.”

The hearing will continue on Friday.