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September 10, 2008 17:37 IST

A four-member committee, formed following bilateral talks between the West Bengal government and the Trinamool Congress at Raj Bhavan on Sunday, visited Singur on Wednesday with the objective of identifying land to be returned to local farmers.

The Trinamul Congress has not budged from its demand that 400 acres of land be returned to them of which 300 acres must be culled from the Tata Motors [Get Quote] Nano project precincts.

"We have visited the project site and found some land," Trinamool MLA from Singur Rabindra Nath Bhattacharya, who is a member of the commitee, told reporters in Singur.

Becharam Manna, another local Trinamool leader and also a committee member, claimed free land was available within the project premises.

Tata Motors, which has suspended work on the project, cautioned the West Bengal government yesterday not to take any step that might disturb the Nano integrated auto cluster.

The state government has assured the Tatas that there would not be any change in the project area nor would the vendor park be relocated.

However, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has said that the committee's task will be to locate 300 acres within the project area and 100 acres outside it for return to farmers.

The committee comprises West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation Managing Director Subrata Gupta and Hooghly District Magistrate Neelam Meena besides Manna and Bhattacharya.

It had its first meeting on Tuesday and has been asked to submit its report within a week, Bhattacharya said.

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