The Supreme Court of India has cleared all decks for Tata to set up its Nano production plant in Singur on May 13, 2008.
The ruling was passed by a three-judge bench Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan, Justice RV Raveendran and Justice MK Sharma. The bench gave the ruling on a petition filed by five Singur farmers.
The bench upheld the verdict by Calcutta High Court, after getting a reply from West Bengal Government on why it had acquired fertile land for special economic zone leading to industrial purposes.
The petition filed stated that part of the land acquired by the state government was still with the west Bengal industrial development corporation. The farmers also stated that the Land acquisition Act allowed the state government to acquire land only in public interest and not to satisfy business houses. The petition stated that the West Bengal Government had acquired agricultural land in various parts of the state and has handed them to big industrial players like Salim Group in Haldia, Reliance Group of companies and other industrial houses.
Tata Motors had acquired land from the West Bengal government to set up a production plant at Singur village and had already started construction of the plant. The company was forced to stall construction after the protest by original land owners started an agitation against the acquisition.
Calcutta high court had passed an order in January 2008, ruling in favour of the dependent. The protest made a little impact on Tata plans to go ahead with the Singur plant and roll out its ambitious car the Nano.
Now, since all legal hurdles are cleared, it is likely that the Singur plant will be the hub of production for the Nano.