Bengal govt assures IT cos about their projects despite resort arson

Written by fe Bureaus | kolkata | Updated: Aug 27 2009, 05:18am hrs
The West Bengal government on Tuesday announced that it will continue its tie-up with Vedic Realty, developer of Vedic Village, in an attempt to comfort IT companies Infosys and Wipro which have promised to set up units in the complex.

The complex was set on fire on Sunday by locals who alleged there was a landgrab, a highly emotive issue in the state.

The state government had entered into a joint venture in 2008, with the promoters of Vedic Realty, to create a new company to set up an IT project adjacent to Vedic Village.

State information technology (IT) minister Debesh Das said there was no question of severing ties with Vedic Realty. We are committed to partner with them for promoting an IT centre, where Infosys and Wipro will be given land. Under the terms of the JV, Vedic Realty had signed an agreement with state run Webel to give 600 acre at free ofcost, out of 1,200 acre the company planned to purchase directly from farmers. The state government planned to sell it to IT companies, including Wipro and Infosys.

We have already got a little more than 200 acre near Vedic village and we are going to hand over 90 acre each to Wipro and Infosys as soon as we can, Das said. He also distanced the government from any land grab, I dont believe there was any forcible land acquisition and it has been all created by section of people having vested interests."

Abdur Rezzak Mollah, state land and land reforms minister, now leading the Left Front's campaign against forcible land acquisition after the Lok Sabha poll debacle, said: It is completely a private affair and the state is not going to interfere in it. The developers of Vedic Village are purchasing land directly and pricing of it is an issue between the buyer and the seller."