Singur locals offer full support for Tatas’ venture

PTI Singur (West Bengal) | Updated on January 04, 2011 Published on January 04, 2011

A file picture of Tata Motors' small car project in Singur   -  Business Line

The locals of Singur have assured Tata Motors of full cooperation for setting up a plant, prompting the industrial giant to consider meeting the representatives in this regard.

Tata Motors has indicated that it will meet the representatives of land-losers who had given land for the company’s Nano manufacturing plant before it withdrew from the state in 2009 following violent local protests. They were seeking higher land price besides other demands from Tatas.

“I can call on you during one of my visits to Kolkata,” the Tata Motors’ Vice-President (Govt Affairs and Collaborations), Mr A.S. Puri, said in his response on December 9.

He was responding to a letter by the President of the Singur Shilpa Vikash Unnayan Committee, Mr Uddayan Das, apprising him of the locals’ changed attitude towards Tatas’ enterprise.

Mr Das had written to Tata Motors on November 11 saying the situation has undergone a change since then.

He had said that while the company’s assessment that the situation at Singur was not favourable as yet for industrial activity was true, “this was correct to some extent till December 2009’’.

However, Mr Das said, the situation had changed since then and the people of Singur would now support and cooperate for renewed industrial activity.

“We never thought that in spite of completion of 85 per cent of the total project work, you would take such a painful decision to close the (Nano) project”, he wrote.

The response of Tatas’ has kindled rehabilitation hopes among the members of committee of land—losers formed by the CPI(M) after the exit of Tata Motors’ Nano project from Singur in Hooghly district more than a year ago.

He said that the people of Singur wanted Tata Motors to do something on the acquired land, which could be a car project or something else and sought a meeting with the company to explain the current scenario there.

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Published on January 04, 2011
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