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Featured Image: A file photo of the sick Jessop wagon factory at Dum Dum in Kolkata. 

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 10 September: WEST Bengal has decided to reclaim 435 acres of land lying idle with two closed industrial units in south Bengal. The decision was taken on Thursday at a meeting of a Group of Ministers (GoM) at the Bengal state secretariat Nabanna in Howrah.

The two closed units are located at Belgharia in North 24-Parganas and Asansol in Burdwan. The government has plans to reallot the reclaimed plots for setting up new industrial units.

At Belgharia, the land lying with closed Mohini Cotton industry is around 150 acres. At Asansol, the land lying with the closed unit of the Cycle Corporation of India is around 285 acres.

The Bengal GoM today also formed a three member committee that will oversee the reclaim of the identified land. Secretaries of the state land and land reforms department, labour department and the industrial reconstruction department are members of the committee.

To reclaim the plots, Bengal government is likely to invoke the West Bengal Estates Acquisition (Amendment) Act that was promulgated by the previous Left Front government on 22 December 2009. The legislation empowers the state government to take back unused land from closed or sick industrial units.