November 14, 2010
Shady deals, illegal acquisitions â€“ anarchy in Rajarhat
The Trinamool chief has questioned land acquisition for setting up housing projects and commercial complexes, exorbitant prices of plots on sale without necessary infrastructure, and the price given to farmers from whom the state took land at Rajarhat. She also placed terms â€” return 10% of the developed land at Rajarhat to deprived farmers. Addressing a huge gathering at Rajarhat on Saturday, Mamata said her party will conduct a thorough probe into land deals. â€œI will see to the end of it (shady deals),â€ she said. Mamata has no problems with IT campuses coming up at Rajarhat, offices of NGOs, or art and drawing centres. Her objection is to mushrooming apartments and shopping malls coming up on acquired land. She had a warning for buyers, too. â€œRemember, there is neither water, nor electricity nor sewerage here,â€ she said, asking the common man to think twice before buying property at Rajarhat. Brandishing bundles of papers that she said were applications from aggrieved people from whom land had been acquired forcibly, Mamata promised the Trinamool would explore avenues to find legal redress. She also promised a probe into the distribution of 300 acres of land under ministersâ€™ quota without public notification. â€œWho are you to distribute land, is it your land?â€ she asked, in an apparent dig at state housing minister.
Courtesy: The Times of India