Tata Steel has started acquiring land for its proposed
titanium-dioxide project at Sattankulam and Tiruchendur
talukas in Tuticorin district, a press release
issued by the district collector said.
as the controversy over Tata Steel''s titanium dioxide
project rages on, the company has obtained copies of documents
relating to 100 acres from patta holders. Tata
Steel has also signed agreements for acquiring 10 acres
of land, seven at Arasur- II and three at Kulasekarapattinam
at a cost of Rs90,000 per acre as these lands have vegetation
with water facility, R Palaniandi, district collector
of Tuticorin, said in the press release.
Steel has set a target of procuring 1,000 acres by the
end of this year to start setting up the desalination
plant and a factory, he said, adding that the process
began late August on the suggestion of the district administration.
said the conglomerate was permitted to deal with the 7,538
patta holders directly. He said the district administration
would help the project promoters by categorising the lands
into, (1) land with vegetation and irrigational facility,
(2) land with vegetation without wells and (3) barren
this and based on the guideline value of the land, the
project promoter would offer compensation for those land
owners willing to part with their land.''''
chief minister M Karunanidhi had given an assurance that
the project would be shelved till a panel heard the views
of the villagers.
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