Be cautious in acquiring crop land

Kolkata, Oct 30 | Updated: Oct 31 2006, 05:30am hrs
In a balancing act in the midst of controversy over proposed acquisition of land for the Tatas car project, former chief minister Jyoti Basu on Monday sounded a note of caution for acquiring multi-crop land by the Left Front government in West Bengal for setting up industries.

One has to be very cautious while acquiring two-crop or three-crop land for industrial use. And, enough compenstion has to be given, Basu said after attending a meeting of state committee of CPI(M). Basus comments were significant as they were made in the backdrop of persistent criticism by non-CPI(M) Left partners on acquiring agricultural land and demand for transparency in land deals.

The CPI leaders had a spat with chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee some days ago over the land deal for Tata Motors car project in Singur in Hooghly. Basu, at the same time, wanted that coalition partners should not do anything, which would damage the image of the Left.