Tata Motors preparing plan for Nano relocation (Lead, changing dateline)

September 2nd, 2008 - 9:57 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi/Kolkata, Sep 2 (IANS) Global auto major Tata Motors is evaluating alternate options for manufacturing its small car Nano at other company facilities, the company said Tuesday.“In view of the current situation, the company is evaluating alternate options for manufacturing the Nano car at other company facilities and a detailed plan to relocate the plant and machinery to an alternate site is under preparation,” according to a Tata Motors statement.

Commenting on the situation, a Tata Motors spokesperson said, “The situation around the Nano plant continues to be hostile and intimidating.”

“There is no way this plant could operate efficiently unless the environment became congenial and supportive of the project. We came to West Bengal hoping that we could add value, prosperity and create job opportunities in the communities in the state.”

Karnataka, Haryana, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Gujarat said Tata Motors was welcome to relocate the Nano project to their states.

The company suspended work at Singur in West Bengal for the fourth consecutive working day Tuesday, saying the decision was taken in view of “continued confrontation and agitation at the site”.

“The decision was taken in order to ensure the safety of the employees and contract labourers, who were violently obstructed while reporting to work,” the company statement said.

Work at the Tata plant was halted by protesters, led by Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee, who wants the government to return some 400 acres of land which she says was taken away from farmers without their consent.

The government has acquired 997.11 acres of land for the project, including ancillary industries around it.

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