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Tata Threatens to Move Out of Singur

By Motortrend India Staff   |   24 August,2008

Ratan Tata, Group Chairman of Tata Motors, has faced several ups and downs since the company has established its Singur project in West Bengal to produce the world’s cheapest car, Nano.

After continuous problems associated with land seizure, the chairman of the company now threatens the state government of West Bengal, to pull out the Nano project.

In a press conference, Mr. Ratan Tata said, “If there is a view that for various political reasons, we should not be here or what we are trying to do should be altered, which cannot be, then we would necessarily face an issue, very reluctantly, where we need to move. If anybody is under the impression that because we have made this large investment of about Rs 1,500 crore, we will not move, then they are wrong. It is not a hypocritical investment. We would move whatever is the cost, to protect our people.”

Tata said that the company went to West Bengal just because it was a neglected state. The company thought that the huge plant to produce the world’s cheapest car would bring industrial progress to the state. But such agitations made the chairman of the company anxious and apprehensive. He never anticipated such kind of oppositions from the locals.

Recently, Tata has also received a couple of invitations from other states to move its plant to their region. States like Maharashtra, Orissa and Punjab are ready to welcome such industrial projects. An open offer from these states made Ratan Tata more strong and firm in his decision.

But if the plant shifts, Nano’s commercial launch will get delay. However, Ratan Tata promises to roll out the car on the expected launch date.

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