Tatas start shifting equipment out of Nano factory

September 24th, 2008 - 6:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Sep 24 (IANS) Tata Motors has started moving key equipment from its small-car factory at Singur in what appears to signal the group’s decision not to roll out the world’s cheapest car Nano from West Bengal - at least for the moment.Truckloads of dyes and other key equipment is being shifted out of the factory, some 40 km from here, following the failure of talks between the state government and the opposition parties over a part of the land acquired for the project and ancillary units.

But officials at Tata Motors chose to remain silent on the issue, even as officials here said that the decision has been communicated to the state government.

“No comments,” a spokesperson for the company said when asked about the move, as one of the key ministers in the West Bengal government indicated that the decision has, indeed, been taken.

“It’s a reality that the prospect of the project coming up in Singur is getting remoter by the day,” the state’s Industry Minister Nirupam Sen said Tuesday. “We have given a package, Tata Motors have to final call. Let’s hope for the best.”

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