September 23, 2008

Singur ball in Tata's court: Bengal

NDTV Correspondent
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 (Kolkata)

The West Bengal government has for the first time admitted there is a very real possibility that the Tatas may move out of Singur."With each passing day the prospects of the project are getting bleaker," West Bengal Industry Minister Nirupam Sen says.The Minister adds that he is disappointed by what he calls the Opposition's unreasonable demands, and that "Tatas will have to take a final call".
Reacting to the latest attack on Nano plant guards, the minister says: "It is very unfortunate that they have started this all over again. We have already announced a good compensation package. Majority of the people in Singur want this project. Majority of the people in the state also want this project. But the opposition is making very unreasonable demands."
Work had stopped in Singur plant following Trinamool-led demonstrations and Tata is reportedly looking for options to relocate the plant from Singur. The government has progressed little in the peace deal it is trying to broker with Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress so work can begin again at the Singur plant.
Meanwhile, the Calcutta high court has stayed the publication of full text of the pact between Tata Motors, state government and West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation. Parts of it were made public.

No comments: