April 3, 2009

Scope for Tata Motors to return to Singur

KOLKATA: There may be a possibility of the Tatas using the Singur facility later, if local objections can be resolved through dialogue, West Bengal Industry Secretary Sabyasachi Sen has said.

“We have lost the chance of being the first production unit of Nano. However, there may be a possibility of Singur also later, if local objections can be resolved through dialogue because ultimately Tata Motors may go for more than one production unit in India. But the decision rests with Tata Motors,” he said in a statement.

Mr. Sen made these comments in Malaysia where he is on a trip to promote the State as an investment destination. He said several automobile companies there were keen to enter India.
“We told them that the government will provide support to any investment decision and West Bengal has good potential for the small car segment.”

However, even as Mr. Sen was renewing the State government’s efforts to attract industrial investment, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee thundered at a meeting which was being held jointly with her new-found ally, the Congress.

She said an investigation should be launched to find out how the State government was proposing to bring in another company on a plot of land which had already been leased out (the lease with the Tatas still exist).

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