Great loss to West Bengal if Tatas leave Singur: Pranab

September 21st, 2008 - 7:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Sep 21 (IANS) It would be a “great loss” to West Bengal if Tata Motors shifts its Nano unit out of Singur, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said here Sunday.”It will be a very unfortunate incident if Tata Motors leaves our state. It’ll be a great loss to West Bengal,” Mukherjee told reporters at Baharampur town in Murshidabad district, about 220 km from here.

He said: “There’s no conflict between agriculture and industrial reforms. Both can go hand in hand.”

“If we want to progress in the modern civilisation we’ve to maintain a balance between both. We can neither ignore agriculture nor the need of the industry in today’s world,” Mukherjee said, expressing concern over the ongoing stalemate in Singur.

Tata Motors began constructing the Singur factory two years ago to launch the Nano, the world’s cheapest car at Rs.100,000 (about $2,250).

However, work at the plant has been suspended due to an agitation by the Trinamool Congress for returning part of the land allotted for the project.

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