West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said the state will start returning farm land acquired for Tata Motors Ltd’s Singur factory from 14 September.

On 31 August, the Supreme Court had quashed the 2006 land acquisition and asked the state government to return the land to its original owners.

Following a review with officers and lawmakers, Banerjee said she will visit Singur on Wednesday and personally deliver new ownership documents to people who previously owned land and distribute cheques among those who had not taken compensation earlier on protest.

The state administration, she said, had almost completed the process of demarcating 620 acres (out of 997 acres) to be returned to their original owners. Over 9,000 owners could receive documents on Wednesday.

She asked all companies, including Tata Motors, to remove their belongings from the factory complex.

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