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After the much debated exit from Singur, Tata Motors enters the state of Gujarat and is likely to have identified site at Charodi in Sanand, near Ahmedabad, reports CNBC-TV18.



The report said that Tata Motors will receive support from the Gujarat Government, which will give around 1,000 acres from Anand Agricultural University for Nano Project. Also the government has promised Tatas with tax sops, ready land, and highway connectivity.



Going forward, the report said that Gujarat Government may give land to Tata Motors on lease for 90 years. Whereby, Tata Motors is likely to pay Rs 1 crore to the government every year.



The report said that a Memorendum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed between Tata Motors and the Gujarat State Government in the evening.



Also read: Destination next for Nano: Will it be Gujarat?





Earlier on October 3, Tata Motors had pulled out of Singur. In a meeting held with the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Minister in Charge, Department of Commerce & Industries, Nirupam Sen - Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Sons & Tata Motors and Ravi Kant, Managing Director, Tata Motors, expressed their extreme anguish at the heightened level of agitation and hostility by the opposition parties led by Mamata Banerjee, resulting in a concern for the physical security of their staff, contractors and vendors.



Threats, intimidation and instances of assault and general obstruction in one form or the other were the reasons. Therefore, Tata and Ravi Kant conveyed to the Chief Minister that in the interest of the project's success and viability and in light of the opposition's continued agitation, there was no option but to move the project out of the state of West Bengal.



Here is a verbatim transcript of Shereen Bhan’s comments on CNBC-TV18. Also watch the accompanying video.



There are no details at this point in time but what we do understand now is that it is official that Nano mother plant will actually move out of Singur to Gujarat. We had seen Tata Motors officials visiting Dharwad, attending Andhra Pradesh meeting with the Chief Ministers of both Karnataka as well as Andhra Pradesh.



What we understand from vendor sources is that Gujarat was a done deal; it is pretty much decided between Narendra Modi and Tata Motors that Gujarat was actually going to be for the Nano. Why does Gujarat make sense? Firstly because of the politics and because Narendra Modi has managed to push forward economic and administrative reforms, there is no opposition to speak of in that sense. It has also got two ports Kandla Port as well as Mundra Port; a General Motors (GM) existing facility there. So, there is already an existing suppliers strength and supplier base that will certainly help Tata Motors.



In terms of South, we have seen the politics in the South swing one way or the other year after year come election. We have already seen oppositions from farmers in the south, so Tata Motors is apprehensive once bitten twice after Singur and deciding to go with Gujarat. A final take on the exact location, we understand is going to be Sanand but final confirmation is expected at 5:30 pm that is when Narendra Modi and Ratan Tata are going to hold a joint press conference. We understand Ratan Tata and Managing Director of Tata Motors, Ravikant will arrive in Gujarat at 3:30 pm and then a joint press conference will be held between Narendra Modi and Ratan Tata at 5:30 pm.

Gujarat cabinet approves land for Nano plant

AHMEDABAD: Tatas have decided to roll out the Nano from Gujarat, according to TV reports. The Gujarat cabinet has approved allotment of land for N

ano project. ( Watch )

Decks have been cleared for transfer of 1,000 acres of land to the Tatas. Modi's council of ministers met earlier in the day and approved the allotment. The land which the Tatas have to finally select is located within a 2200-acre campus owned by the Anand Agriculture University which serves as a cattle and seed farm.

A formal decision is expected to be announced jointly today on the matter by Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and Tata Motors Chairman Ratan Tata.

The university has already transferred 1,000 acres back to the government which went into an overdrive to woo Tata Motors ever since the situation started worsening at Singur in West Bengal. Government officials were hopeful that the deal will be clinched on Tuesday, after a final round of negotiations on the concessions Tata Motors will be seeking.

It is a huge gift for Narendra Modi as he completes seven years in office as Gujarat chief minister on Tuesday.

The air was thick with anticipation as top Tata Motors honchos flew down from Mumbai late on Monday evening to take one final look at the site near Sanand, 25 kms from the western fringes of Ahmedabad, which has been identified for relocation of the Nano plant.

While Modi has been personally averse to giving concessions to industry, on the ground that such concessions given in the past had led to a huge loss of revenue to the exchequer, there was willingness to make an exception in the case of the Nano project.

"We had to relax our rigid stand considering the fact that other state governments were going all out to roll the red carpet for the Nano plant. Losses due to concessions would be offset by the immense positivity created around the investment climate in Gujarat," a senior official of the industries department said, while admitting that there could be a tough last round of negotiations.

While Tata Motors' scouts were scouring sites in Karnataka, AP and Maharashtra over the last two days, there was an air of tentativeness in the Sachivalaya at Gandhinagar, even as officials went about clearing all the documents to transfer 1,000 acres in one go. "Our biggest advantage is that we can hand over the land to Tata Motors on Tuesday itself," a source said.

Tata team meets Modi on Nano

Mundra on radar for plant relocation.



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Tata Motors, which suspended work at the Nano plant in West Bengal's Singur in view of continued confrontation at the site early this month, has held talks with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi over relocating the facility to the state.

In a closed-door meeting held at Modi's official residence on Saturday afternoon, a team of Tata Motors officials led by managing director Ravi Kant discussed setting up the project in Gujarat.

After Tata Motors officially announced the suspension of construction and commissioning of work at the Nano plant at Singur on September 2, several states, including Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, invited the auto-maker to set up plant for the world's cheapest car.

Top Gujarat government officials as well as the chief minister’s office ensured that the Saturday's meeting remained a closely- guarded affair.

However, sources close to the development told Business Standard that the meeting lasted for over 30 minutes, where Tata Motors officials evinced interest in Mundra as one of the probable locations for relocating the plant.

"Tata Motors is exploring various locations, one of them is Gujarat. The group is looking at Mundra in the Kutch region as one of the locations," said a source.

Tata Motors is looking for about 1,000 acres to relocate the facility, which the government is willing to support, the source said.

The company has in the past held talks with diversified business entity Adani Group, which operates the Mundra port, including the possibility of Ro-Ro (roll on and roll off) ships coming to the port, said the sources. Tata Power also has its 4000 MW ultra mega power project (UMPP) at Mundra, and being close to port the Nano project can have the advantage of exports also, sources added.

For a long time, the Gujarat government has been wooing Tata Motors to set up a car manufacturing facility in the state, even before it selected Singur in West Bengal for the Nano project. Gujarat has an advantage as far as land acquisition by the government is concerned.

"So far not a single project wherein the government has acquired land on behalf of the company has evoked any protest from the farmers or land-owners," said a senior government official.

Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said it would be a setback to industrialisation if the Tatas leave Singur.

Buddha's loss is Modi's gain as Nano goes to Gujarat
Tata Motors' ambitious Nano car project, which was forced out of Singur, has found a new home in Gujarat.

According to sources, the Gujarat government has decided to allocate 1050 acres to Tata's Nano project in the state.

The state government may transfer land to Tata Motors officially on Tuesday.

The company has zeroed in on Charodi in Sanand in the state for its small car plant.

Tata chief Ratan Tata, who is scheduled to arrive in Gujarat on Tuesday, is expected to make a joint statement on the matter with Chief Minister Narendra Modi shortly.(Watch)

A Tata Motors team has already done techno-economic surveys of the new site, which is reportedly located in Sanand, 34 km from Ahmedabad. Rajkot could emerge as the ancillary hub for the Nano project.

The state government has promised the Tatas various tax sops and ready land alongwith connectivity to the national highway.

In addition, the company has been assured that no bandhs or labour unrest will hurt the project.

Playing safe this time, Tata is also looking for more than one site for the plant and is likely to opt for two states.

Interestingly, during a summit in Ahmedabad last year Ratan Tata had said, "If you are not in Gujarat, you are stupid".

And it now seems that for the last one month, the Modi government has marketed these very words to Tatas. But the man himself is choosing to remain mum.

Nano gets new home, Gujarat signs MoU with Tata
Ahmedabad, October 7: A agreement will be signed between Tata Motors and Gujarat Government on Tuesday evening for setting up of the Nano project in Sanand, a state government official said.
Tata Motors signed the Memorandum of Understanding with Gujarat government for the Nano project.
The project will be set up in Sanand, 30 kms from the city, on the land of Anand Agriculture University (AAU). The AAU had 2,220 acres of land at the site, which has been transferred to the state government.
Out of that land 1,000 acres of the land would be given to the Tata Motors, officials said.

Nano and Singur: The Role of Media and Some Political Parties

“The unveiling of the Tata Motors’ “People’s Car” - ‘Nano’ (now being referred to as ‘Lakhtakia car’ because of its Rs.1-lakh price tag) - was being eagerly awaited not just by the Indians but by the entire world.” (The Hindu, January 11, 2008).

About 600 SEZ (Special Economic Zone) are allowed by Congress led UPA government in its 4 years tenure. Two SEZs are allowed for West Bengal, Eastern State of India. One was for Tata’s car factory at Singur another for a Chemical hub at Nandigram.

Mamata Banerjee, Opposition leader of West Bengal, who has been struggling to form a government for last 30 long years. While Tata Motors unveiled its car in a blaze of glory and publicity on January 10, 2008 at New Delhi, at Singur village in West Bengal, Mamta and her supporters burnt a replica of the Rs 100,000 Nano as a sign of their protest against the company and its plans to displace them.

Mamata Banerjee earlier came with Congress, BJP, Maoists, SUCI, Jamaat-e-Islami, CPI(ML) under one roof to attack the Left government in West Bengal to displace Singur and Nandigram SEZs. Those parties never showed their commitment with people anywhere in India. They paved way for a great loss both in Singur and Nandigram. CPI(M) lost lives of its 27 activists and another 120 common people are brutally killed in last one year including many police officers. State lost crores of rupees during their bandh and hartal. Corporate media facilitated them to attack the Left. But Left has chosen always constructive way.

Left front government done a big thing for all with Singur factory to make this car. TATA get the benefit, customers get cheapest car, people outside of Singur factory get a big city and market, poor people get employment and they have union also. Another 2,50,000 unit plants will be constructed in Singur area. Government kept the balance with everybody.

CPI(M) led Left does the same constructive works in another states also. Com. EMS, first Chief Minister of Kerala, Southern India when first time elected a Communist government in 1957 through ballot brought two big companies in his tenure. Both belong to capitalists Birla and Tata. In 1960s Birla Management started a factroy in Calicut named Gwalior Rayons for producing pulp and fibre. The arrival of Gwalior Rayons caused a rapid change in the life style of native people and a tremendous development. Tata’s Priemier Tyres at Kalamassery was another one.

Nobody can reject good politicians who are always ready for pro-people. I hope people will compare the Left government with UPA government at Centre, it could not do much better work, even the Left gives outside support and cooperation.

Nano pull-out: Anguished Singur farmers vent anger on Trinamool

Singur (West Bengal): "We have lost everything" was the anguished cry of villagers in this rural pocket of West Bengal's Hooghly district on Saturday, a day after the Tatas pulled out the Nano project from the area.

Villagers vented their anger against opposition Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, whose agitation forced the Tatas to shift out, by digging roads, blockading railway tracks and obstructing a key highway.

Tata pulls out Nano car project from West Bengal

Most shops and business establishments in Singur, 40 km from Kolkata, were shut and there was very little traffic on the roads due to a 10-hour shutdown called by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) against the "conspiracy of the opposition parties" to abort the Nano project.

"We have lost everything. We have lost our land to the project, we have lost the jobs that were promised by Tata Motors," a despondent Shankar Ruidas of Beraberi village said.

State Inspector General of Police (Law and order) Raj Kanojia said there was tension in the area.

Tata pullout a joint game plan with govt: Mamata

Irate villagers squatted on the railway tracks at Kamarkundu station, blocking train movement for three hours till police dispersed them.

Ruidas, who was among the farmers who had willingly given land for the project and accepted a compensation cheque, joined in the protests Saturday.

"Now what will happen to the 50 percent extra money (for the land) that the state government promised us?" said Ruidas, as he joined in the slogan shouting against Banerjee and the Trinamool Congress.

In Tantipara, farmers dug up roads.

Across Singur, farmers gathered in groups to mourn the losses they would now suffer with the factory shifting from the area.

They also calculated the gains that would have flowed to Singur had the project come up.

Tatas' decision to pull out unfortunate: Left Front

This got them even more agitated.

"I will go and fight with the opposition and ask them who gave them the right to carry out such a destructive agitation," said a visibly upset Swarup Barui of Beraberi village. He had given up 25 acres for the project.

Villagers also burnt tyres and obstructed the key Durgapur Expressway, part of the National Highway 2 connecting Kolkata and Delhi, till police intervened and cleared the blockade,

"I have lost everything. I gave 22 acres for this project. Tata Motors is now pulling out. We don't know what to do," Krishna Ghosh of Gopalnagar said.

Though Ghosh owes allegiance to the Trinamool Congress, he had given 22 acres for the project willingly.

But Nimai Ghosh of Gopalnagar Ghoshpara, one of the unwilling farmers who had not taken any compensation, is adamant on his demand that the government return the three acres "forcibly" taken from him.

"The Tatas are only staging a drama along with the CPI-M. They will definitely set up the factory here. But we will be happy to get our land back," he said.

Ending days of speculation, Tata Motors Friday announced it was pulling out its Nano small car project from troubled Singur and blamed the Trinamool Congress for the "painful" decision.

The auto major's decision came 32 days after it decided to suspend operations in the Singur factory fearing for security of its employees who were manhandled and threatened by Trinamool Congress-led protesters, demanding the return of 400 acres out of the total area 997.11 acres taken for the project.

Since its inception in May 2006, the project to roll out the Rs100,000 car, encountered resistance from the Trinamool-led farmers protesting against the 'illegal' acquisition of farmland.

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It's advantage Modi; Tata drives Nano into Gujarat

Tata Motors' ambitious Nano car project, which was forced out of Singur, has found a new home in Gujarat.

Tata chief Ratan Tata, who is scheduled to arrive in Gujarat on Tuesday, is expected to make a joint statement on the matter with Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

A Tata Motors team has already done techno-economic surveys of the new site, which is reportedly located in Sanand, 34 km from Ahmedabad. Rajkot could emerge as the ancillary hub for the Nano project.

The state government has promised the Tatas various tax sops and ready land alongwith connectivity to the national highway.

In addition, the company has been assured that no bandhs or labour unrest will hurt the project.

Playing safe this time, Tata is also looking for more than one site for the plant and is likely to opt for two states.

Interestingly, during a summit in Ahmedabad last year Ratan Tata had said, "If you are not in Gujarat, you are stupid".

And it now seems that for the last one month, the Modi government has marketed these very words to Tatas. But the man himself is choosing to remain mum.

Nano splits Singur wide open

Singur, October 4 Since Friday evening when residents of Singur saw on their television sets Tata chairman Ratan Tata announcing his decision to pull out his Nano car factory from there, tension has only mounted.
A CPM worker was allegedly beaten up by Trinamool Congress supporters in Beraberi village market on Friday night. This was followed by a Trinamool supporter being allegedly roughed up by CPM workers at Joymollah village on Saturday morning.

At the National Highway No. 2 tyres were burnt throughout Friday night and Saturday morning by pro-Tata factory supporters. They also blocked the Durgapur Expressway that left thousands of trucks stranded. CPM supporters also tried to block trains at Kamarkundu. Amid this, the 12-hour bandh called by district CPM of Hooghly passed off peacefully.

Residents of Madhyapara area of Beraberi village that lies next to Tata Motors’ small car factory are angry. Many of them had given up their land in the hope of a better living. Now, they are left with nothing. No sooner, Tata made the announcement, villagers gathered at the village ‘manasatala’.

Nano gets new home, Gujarat signs MoU with Tata
Ahmedabad, October 7: A agreement will be signed between Tata Motors and Gujarat Government on Tuesday evening for setting up of the Nano project in Sanand, a state government official said.
Tata Motors signed the Memorandum of Understanding with Gujarat government for the Nano project.
The project will be set up in Sanand, 30 kms from the city, on the land of Anand Agriculture University (AAU). The AAU had 2,220 acres of land at the site, which has been transferred to the state government.
Out of that land 1,000 acres of the land would be given to the Tata Motors, officials said.


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