Onus on Mamata to resolve Singur stand-off: CII

October 2nd, 2008 - 11:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Oct 2 (IANS) The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Thursday put the onus of resolving the stand-off over Tata Motors’ Nano car project in Singur on Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal’s chief opposition party Trinamool Congress supremo. “The situation in Singur is unfortunate and the solution to the present stand-off lies with Mamata Banerjee who is representing the agitators and protesters,” CII chief mentor Tarun Das said in a press statement.

“The position taken by the protesters led by Banerjee is threatening the project, which has the potential to create thousands of jobs as also initiate the re-industrialisation of the state. The future of the state lies in developing a strong manufacturing sector creating several jobs for the people of the state. I sincerely hope that Banerjee and her colleagues act in a responsible manner before it is too late,” he said.

“The Tatas have often repeated their stance on the need of the integrated nature of the mother plant and its ancillary units. The Nano is a unique project and the Tatas have to be credited with its right to design its plant. Any forced change to its plan of implementation will delay the launch of the Nano and also impact the cost, which will disappoint thousands of people across the country aspiring to own a safe four-wheel personal transportation,” he said.

“Ideas for the implementation of the project are being offered by individuals who have no experience in developing an automobile manufacturing plant and definitely no perspective on an unique product like the Nano,” he added.

Tata Motors took up the project to construct the factory to manufacture Nano in Singur, 40 km from here, a couple of years back. But it faced constant resistance from Trinamool Congress-backed “unwilling farmers”. It finally suspended work Sep 2 fearing the safety of its workers.

Originally scheduled to roll out this month, Nano faces uncertainty with the company signalling it was considering a pull-out from Singur and was talking to other state governments for an alternative location following intense protests by the Trinamool.

Das said: “The government of West Bengal has shown restraint in handling the violent nature of protests and coercion. It has also tried to accommodate the demands of the protesters by offering additional rehabilitation to the affected people as also compensation.”

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