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Despite promise, Mamata Banerjee not ready with land for India Inc.

Comments Off on Despite promise, Mamata Banerjee not ready with land for India Inc.   |   August 17, 2013    01:55pm   |Contributed by manoja

Contrary to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s claims at yesterday’s industrial meet in Mumbai that the state government was ready with a land bank for industrialists, a reality check by The Indian Express reveals otherwise. The bank is largely incomplete with 12 of the state government’s 54 departments yet to inform as to how much land they have in their kitty.

This, despite the fact that the government has sent 12 letters to various departments since it came to power on May 20, 2011, seeking details of land owned by them.

The departments that have not responded so far include PWD, refugee rehabilitation, industrial reconstruction, to name a few.

“Our land bank is ready. Industrialists willing to invest here can come and invest now,” Mamata said at the meet at Mumbai.

Preparation of a land bank was in the party’s election manifesto. The state government has been able to trace only 30,000 acres of land under various departments. This is in addition to the 59,000 acres that is under the department of land and land reforms. “We have about 89,000 acres of land with us. But after the remaining 12 departments furnish information, it will definitely cross 1,00,000 acres of land,” an official of the department land and land reforms said.

But the official rues that there is no large chunks of land available. “There is no chunk that is more than 300 acres in size. But that is the nature of West Bengal’s landscape,” said the official.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/despite-promise-mamata-banerjee-not-ready-with-land-for-india-inc./1150569/

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