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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.
7th October 2008 From India, Ahmadabad
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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.
7th October 2008 From India, Ahmadabad
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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.
7th October 2008 From India, Ahmadabad
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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.
7th October 2008 From India, Ahmadabad
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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.
7th October 2008 From India, Ahmadabad
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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.
7th October 2008 From India, Ahmadabad
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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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7th October 2008 From India, Ahmadabad
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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.
7th October 2008 From India, Ahmadabad
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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’.
7th October 2008 From India, Ahmadabad
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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.
7th October 2008 From India, Ahmadabad
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Modi welcomes Nano in Gujarat

Hailing historical linkages between the Tata’s and their Parsi heritage and the state of Gujarat, state chief minister Narendra Modi indicated that the embattled Nano factory in Singur in West Bengal was welcome in Gujarat.


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“Centuries ago, when Parsis landed off the coast of Gujarat, the then King sent them a cup brimful with milk, indicating that there was no way he could accommodate more people. The parsis then mixed sugar in the milk indicating that they would mingle similarly with the local population. The parsi community shares our mother tongue Gujarati and I am ready with sugar even today,” he said, thus indicating that Ratan Tata and the Nano were also welcome in Gujarat.

Modi also pointed out that Gujarat was among the first states to have a spelt out policy on Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and land acquisition and compensation issues. “We have not had a single instance of protest against industry since our policies have been clear from the beginning,” he said.
7th October 2008 From India, Ahmadabad
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Brand Bengal takes a beating as Tatas exit Singur
September 24, 2008
The West Bengal government on Wednesday expressed fear that Tata Motors might pull out of Singur following the continued impasse over the return of 400 acres of land to farmers.
"Can't you see for yourself that time is running out? The Tatas are suffering losses," Industry Minister Nirupam Sen told newspersons when asked about his comments to a private television channel on Tuesday that the prospect of the project was becoming bleaker by the day.
The industry minister's comments came a couple of days after two securitymen of a private agency appointed by Tata Motors were beaten up by miscreants at the project site.
Sen, however, replied in the negative when asked whether the Tatas have communicated to the government their intention to withdraw from the project.
7th October 2008 From India, Ahmadabad
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The Hindu : Business : Gujarat to build nano, GIFT city

Gujarat to build nano, GIFT city

NEW DELHI: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said here on Saturday that his government is building a nano-city and the Gujarat International Financial Tax city (GIFT) at Gandhinagar while going ahead with its plans to connect all its villages with broadband facilities in the next two months.

Inaugurating the Assocham organized Gujarat Summit here Mr. Modi said that the hundred-storied nano city would have ultra modern facilities from human resources development to process houses for which the process for construction could shortly commence.

Likewise, the proposed GIFT would be built by one company that created Shanghai in China for which necessary formalities were being completed, he said.

Mr. Modi refused to give further details for the proposed nano city and GIFT. However, he said since Gujarat had become number one IT power in entire Asia and number two in the world, it was committed to provide broadband facilities to all its villages in the next 65 days.

He said the State had, in the last fiscal, achieved an agricultural growth rate of 11 per cent against an all India average agri-GDP (gross domestic product) of around three per cent.

According to Mr. Modi, the agricultural income of Gujarat during 2001-02 was Rs. 9,000 crore only and its agriculture flourished in the last five years and today the situation was such that the State’s farmers were making their transactions in the field itself.

“The State has concentrated more towards creation of infrastructure, be it water grid, pipeline network, IT network, port and rail and air network, Gujarat is the best,” claimed the Chief Minister.

He said within a span of 700 days, Gujarat laid a water pipeline measuring 1,400 km to supply drinking water to 800 villages. Similarly, the State would be creating petroleum pipeline network to ensure that entire Gujarat was connected with Gas pipeline network.

He called upon the industry to participate in Gujarat Invest Summit, scheduled for January 12 and 13, 2009, and park its investment as in the next few years the entire Gujarat and its coastal areas would not have an inch of land to absorb investment.

In his welcome address, Assocham President Venugopal N. Dhoot praised the initiatives that the Gujarat administration had been taking to develop it socially and economically.
7th October 2008 From India, Ahmadabad
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Reactions To Ratan Tata's Decision To Shift Nano Plant From Singur

"I just thought the opposite was true. I thought Ratan Tata would gift Nano to the state as a Durga puja gift. I am very disappointed and depressed. This will take West Bengal back by many decades. Tatas moving out of the state will have a negative reaction as Nano is the symbol of common man. I hope something will emerge. Tatas will revert their decision."

-Indian Chamber of Commerce president Sanjay Budhia

"It is an issue of our next generation versus agriculture. This is a great setback. The international investors will adopt a wait and watch approach."

-Calcutta Chamber of Commerce president H V Patodia

"Unfortunately, although the government explained the project's integrated nature to the opponents and appealed to them for a peaceful solution, they did not respond,"

- State Industry Minister Nirupam Sen,

"Like our honourable Prime Minister, I was hopeful of a satisfactory solution until the last minute. I feel very sad."

-West Bengal Governor Gopalakrishna Gandhi.

"The hurried decision of the Tatas to withdraw the Singur project is very sad. The unjustified demands raised by the main Opposition party-led alliance in the name of agitation stating that it would not allow the Tata project to come up is condemnable. The people of the state and those in Singur had been deprived of the economic benefits that the project, of international standard, would have entailed, even though the majority had consented to the land acquisition for it."

-Left Front chairman Biman Bose

"It is an unfortunate comment of an individual blaming me for the pullout decision at Singur. It hardly matters to us. It is a joint gameplan of the CPI(M) and the Tatas to leave ... The allegation that our agitation was violent, is bogus."

-Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee
7th October 2008 From India, Ahmadabad
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SINGUR SAGA
Taxpayers’ Singur Bill: 300Cr

07 Oct 2008


( The Telegraph)
The price of Mamata Banerjee’s agitation isn’t just future jobs for Bengal’s youth but also Rs 300 crore out of their taxpayer parents’ pockets.
That’s the sum the state government had invested in Singur to facilitate the Nano project, whose departure means it’s all money down the drain.
“Nobody seems to have taken note of how Mamata has forced the taxpayer to pay a price though her mindless movement,” Ashok Ghosh, the Forward Bloc state secretary, told The Telegraph. “The Tatas have left, so has Mamata, but who will recover the losses?”
Senior bureaucrats today confirmed that the losses ran to nearly Rs 300 crore (see box). A secretary said the government was now assessing how much of this it could salvage. “With the Tatas out of Singur, there is no justification for the government to still have these projects in the area,” he said. “We’ll have to start mopping up things.”
However, unlike Ratan Tata who can move his plants and machinery out, saving perhaps the bulk of his Rs 1,500-crore worth of investment, the government can neither take away the bridges and roads it has built in Singur nor undo the dredging. It may, however, abandon the Rs 50-crore power substation project on which, according to Power Development Corporation chairman Moloy De, it has already spent Rs 30 crore.
The West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC), which has spent Rs 60 crore, could shut its training centre for workers and dump the market complex project for the poorest landlosers. Building contracts have already been given out for the market complex, officials said.
Going by official figures, the government has spent Rs 125 crore under the first phase of a Rs 170-crore drainage scheme covering a 20sqkm area so that the Nano site wouldn’t be flooded during the rains.
It dredged and widened several canals and built bridges, roads and culverts near the project site and planned to build several more.
The chief secretary is to meet departmental secretaries soon to decide what the government should do about the facilities already created or under execution.
The government has other worries. For instance: the Supreme Court case on the land acquisition, which could get complicated with the Tata pullout.
Two, the vendors forced to leave Singur could well sue the government to recover costs.
Three, Mamata’s threat to restart the agitation after the pujas to get the unwilling farmers back their land.
“If the Centre doesn’t put pressure on the state to return the forcibly acquired plots, we shall start a movement across Bengal after the pujas,” Mamata today said.
7th October 2008 From India, Ahmadabad
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NANO PROJECT
Tata Motors Signs Deal For Nano In Gujarat


Tata Motors on Tuesday signed an agreement with Gujarat to make the ultra low-cost Nano car there, days after India's top vehicle maker pulled out of West Bengal.

Chairman Ratan Tata and other company officials signed and exchanged documents with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Tata Motors, which had planned to launch the Nano car from around October, had received offers from several other states after announcing its pullout last week from West Bengal, where farmers unhappy with the compensation for their land had forced work to be suspended for more than a month at the

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Chief Minister B.C. Khanduri on Tuesday said 'limited production' of the world's cheapest car will take place in Pantnagar.

The statement coincides with Tatas' decision to relocate their Rs 1-lakh car, Nano, plant to Gujarat from Singur in West Bengal in the face of stiff political resistance.

"Tata Motors officials have conveyed to the state government that limited production of Nano will be held in Pantnagar despite their decision to take the mother plant to Gujarat," said state media advisory committee Chairman Devendra Bhasin quoting Khanduri.

When asked to elaborate 'limited production', Khanduri said Nano would be produced in limited numbers in Pantnagar, where the company is already manufacturing Ace mini trucks.

Khanduri further said the state government officials were in constant touch with Tata Motors officials as the company had evinced keen interest in setting up Nano plant in Uttarakhand following the Singur episode, "but due to unavailability of required land, the plant could not be shifted here."

(Agencies)
7th October 2008 From India, Ahmadabad
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3 states slug it out in race for Nano

MUMBAI/AHMEDABAD/BANGALORE: The Gujarat government may be claiming that the Nano unit is headed for a site near Ahmedabad but there are indications that the race to host the plant is far from over.

Senior Tata Motors officials said on Saturday that its MD, G Ravikanth, will be in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh on Sunday to meet ministers. He will weigh up options for rolling out the Rs 1-lakh car from a site in either of two states.

Ravikanth will be in Dharwad on Sunday to inspect a site for the Nano plant, officials in Karnataka confirmed on Saturday.

This will be followed by a meeting between Karnataka major- and medium-scale industries minister Murugesh R Nirani and Tata Group CEO Ratan Tata during the week. "I am meeting Ratan Tata soon. We are confident the Tatas will select Dharwad for relocating their Nano manufacturing unit," Nirani said. Ravikanth will also be visiting Andhra Pradesh.

Gujarat officials, however, claimed on Saturday that a site near Sanand in Ahmedabad was the frontrunner in the race. In what could be a personal triumph for Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi — and add insult to injury for communist Bengal — senior Gujarat officials said Ratan Tata had agreed to relocate the Nano plant. The site is located 25 kms west of Ahmedabad.

A formal announcement is likely next week, most probably on October 7, when Modi completes seven years in office. At present, the 2,200-acre site serves as a college and cattle-and-seed farm for the Gujarat Agriculture University.

Things are already moving fast within the Gujarat government. The university has been informed about the decision to transfer the land to the Tatas. The necessary paperwork for the transfer has been completed. The revenue department on Saturday issued a notification to acquire 60 acres of land in Chharodi and Iyawa-Vasna villages for building broad approach roads to the site.

While pulling out of Singur on Friday, Ratan Tata had mentioned that locations in "three or four states" were being considered. While Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh were in contention, what finally swung the decision in Gujarat's favour were Modi's incentives to the Tatas.
7th October 2008 From India, Ahmadabad
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Aaaj to aap hi jhaaye ho Citehr mein. Jay Shaab, rather than putting the entire news, you have done the much better by putting the url for the news item.
Anyways, the Nano had turbulance time from M-To-M [Mamata-To-Modi], West Bengal had itself had given the FDI and Investors a bad flavour of Red Tapism. With the Gujrats, Navratri had come with the arena of growth and prosperity. With this, school will start N for Nano not N for Nest.
Good luck to Nano.
8th October 2008 From India, Nagpur
Very good article kept by you...
Even sachin is right... Now the days for gujarat will change rapidly. it is going to be much better. With a CM like Mr. Modi it was good Now it will be better.
Great descision taken by Mr. Modi and his committee.
All the best to both TATA and GUJARAT for the brighter future together.
8th October 2008 From India, Ahmadabad
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