Tatas to pull out of Singur, fears Nirupam SenSeptember 25th, 2008 - 5:53 pm ICT by ANI
Kolkata, Sept 25 (ANI): West Bengal Industries Minister Nirupam Sen on Thursday reportedly told the state Cabinet that there was little possibility of the Tatas Nano car project taking off from Singur.
Few vendors were seen moving out their equipment over the past few days from the project site, where work has remained suspended for more than three weeks.
Sources said that equipment was carted out from the plant and the cargo is believed to have been moved to the company’’s plant in Pantnagar in Uttarakhand.
Though Tata Motors refused to comment, Sen observed that time was running out and the company was suffering losses.
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, who is demanding return of land forcibly acquired from farmers, has meanwhile placed fresh demands before Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
Mamata has rejected a package offered by the State Government that envisages sustained economic rehabilitation for all farmers whose land has been acquired.
She also demanded that Article 355 be invoked if the Government failed to abide by the September 7 agreement, initiated by the Governor, on the return of land.
Trouble began after the West Bengal Government acquired 1000 acres of farmland for the Tata Motors small car plant at Singur last year.
The Government offered compensation, which some farmers rejected and the Trinamool Congress has been demanding that at least 400 acres be returned to farmers.
The Government says it is in favour of a land-based solution for farmers but against disturbing the Tata Motors plant site. (ANI)
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