Tatas start winding up at Singur, dismantling electric fixtures

September 25th, 2008 - 10:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Singur, Sep 25 (IANS) With all signals pointing towards an imminent exit of Tata Motors from Singur, the company has started the winding-up process, and is dismantling electrical fixtures within the project area.”The Tatas are winding up, my company was supposed to do the electrical work within the project site. We are dismantling whatever we had done,” said an employee of one of the support companies.

A worker of another vendor said: “We are taking out our equipment also. My company has told us to be mentally ready for transfer. It would have been good had I been posted here. But things are not in my hands.”

“We are mentally prepared. We know we have to go,” he said.

A person close to the development said Tata Motors have not been left with any choice other than taking its equipment out.

“The whole industry is feeling insecure. Tatas are not left with any choice other than taking their equipment out from Singur. It can’t wait for indefinite period, it is committed to the people. This is not an ordinary project, the whole world is watching this,” he said.

Another vendor said: “We will also pull out if the Tatas go out. If the mother plant moves out, the components’ plants would also have to move out because these are inseparable from the mother plant.”

There is much speculation that the company is on way to start dismantling the factory that was slated to roll out the world’s least expensive car Nano, priced at Rs.100,000 ($2,250).

The project has faced tough times since its inception 28 months back over land acquisition. A section of farmers led by the Trinamool Congress party is pressing for the return of a part of the land acquired for the car project.

Asking for the return of 400 acres the government allegedly forcibly acquired from farmers, the protesters have laid siege to the Tatas’ Singur factory from Aug 24.

Tata Motors company suspended operations from Sep 2, after some its employees were threatened and allegedly manhandled by the protesters.

Discussions with the government in the presence of Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi failed to resolve the stalemate.

Finally, the chief minister announced a fresh compensation package that was rejected by the Trinamool Congress and a majority of the farmers unwilling to part with their land.

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