Corporates should not depend on govt to acquire land: Partha

Our Bureau Kolkata | Updated on September 28, 2011 Published on September 28, 2011


The West Bengal Commerce and Industries Minister, Mr Partha Chatterjee, on Wednesday urged industry chiefs to shed the perception that it was difficult to set up industry without help from the government in land acquisition.

“There is no reason for industrialists to believe that industry cannot come up in a place where the State government is not acquiring land,” he said at the 110th annual session of Merchants' Chamber of Commerce (MCC) here today.

Mr Chatterjee's comments were made in response to the observations made by MCC's President, Mr Sudesh Sonthalia, regarding land acquisition by the government to aid the industry.

According to Mr Sonthalia, the extremely fragmented nature of land in the State, with 95 per cent of the land holdings being of less than one hectare each, would render it nearly impossible for promoters of industrial enterprises to acquire land from the market without government support. He, therefore, urged government to acquire certain portions of land for the sake of contiguity.

The chamber also called the State's attention to the Urban Land Ceiling Act. “This Act has been repealed by almost all States and Union Territories. Removal of this impediment will lead to faster economic development of the State,” Mr Sonthalia said.

Published on September 28, 2011
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