Mamata Banerjee restores Singur farmers’ rights after a decade

The wheel turned full circle on Thursday for Singu... more

The wheel turned full circle on Thursday when West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee (above left) initiated farming in Singur on Thursday after 10 years. Photos: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint
1/13The wheel turned full circle on Thursday when West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee (above left) initiated farming in Singur on Thursday after 10 years. Photos: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint
Some 40 tractors and 2 harvesters are being used to make the land cultivable. A shed of the now defunct manufacturing hub for Tata Motors Ltd’s Nano car seen in the background on Thursday.
2/13Some 40 tractors and 2 harvesters are being used to make the land cultivable. A shed of the now defunct manufacturing hub for Tata Motors Ltd’s Nano car seen in the background on Thursday.
Fertilizers and educational booklets were also distributed among the farmers in Singur on Thursday.
3/13Fertilizers and educational booklets were also distributed among the farmers in Singur on Thursday.
Two farmers, who were among the first 23, to receive physical possession of their land examining the soil in Singur on Thursday.
4/13Two farmers, who were among the first 23, to receive physical possession of their land examining the soil in Singur on Thursday.
Malati Ghosh, among the first 23 to receive possession, on her land in Singur on Thursday.
5/13Malati Ghosh, among the first 23 to receive possession, on her land in Singur on Thursday.
Ganesh Kole, another farmer who received possession of land, in Singur on Thursday.
6/13Ganesh Kole, another farmer who received possession of land, in Singur on Thursday.
Earlier in the week, workers were clearing the debris from the 997-acre plot that was to be the manufacturing hub for Tata Motors Ltd’s Nano car.
7/13Earlier in the week, workers were clearing the debris from the 997-acre plot that was to be the manufacturing hub for Tata Motors Ltd’s Nano car.
All sheds have been demolished except for one at the defunct Tata project.
8/13All sheds have been demolished except for one at the defunct Tata project.
Locals are taking away metal scraps, which were piled up on the site of the proposed factory, for easy money.
9/13Locals are taking away metal scraps, which were piled up on the site of the proposed factory, for easy money.
Ten years ago, Malati Das, now in her 60s, was forced to give up farming when the West Bengal government seized her family’s land in Singur. She will be also among the 23 others who will receive land on Thursday.
10/13Ten years ago, Malati Das, now in her 60s, was forced to give up farming when the West Bengal government seized her family’s land in Singur. She will be also among the 23 others who will receive land on Thursday.
Bapi Manna, another farmer, who will receive land on Thursday.
11/13Bapi Manna, another farmer, who will receive land on Thursday.
Dhananjay Das, a farmer from Singur.
12/13Dhananjay Das, a farmer from Singur.
A file photo of the abandoned Tata Motors Ltd car factory in Singur. In 2008, the then Left Front government acquired 997 acres of land in Singur, 40km from Kolkata, under the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, for Tata Motors to build the Nano car factory.
13/13A file photo of the abandoned Tata Motors Ltd car factory in Singur. In 2008, the then Left Front government acquired 997 acres of land in Singur, 40km from Kolkata, under the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, for Tata Motors to build the Nano car factory.
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