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Updated: April 26, 2011 16:55 IST

No forcible land acquisition in Tripura, says Minister

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A file picture of Tripura Industry minister Jitendra Chowdhury. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury.
The Hindu A file picture of Tripura Industry minister Jitendra Chowdhury. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury.

The Left Front government in Tripura, taking a cue from the Singur fiasco in West Bengal, today said that there would be no forcible land acquisition for industrialisation in the State.

The government had served notices to some villagers near the Dukli Industrial Estate, about 10 km from Agartala for its expansion, but following objections, the government stopped it, Industries and Commerce Minister Jitendra Chowdhury told reporters here today.

“Government had planned to acquire 54.49 acre for expansion of the industrial estate. Of the total targeted land, 46.53 acre is government land and the remaining owned by private parties. But following objections by some families we stopped acquiring land,” Mr. Chowdhury said.

“On principle we will not acquire land forcibly for industrialisation. It affects the livelihood of the people,” he said.

The government had planned to expand the industrial estate as many investors from outside the State were showing interest to set up industries in the State, he said.

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