Thursday, September 25, 2008

Bengal appeals Tatas not to leave Singur

Kolkata, Sept. 26: In an unusual move, the state Cabinet on Thursday made an appeal to Tatas not to abandon their Nano project in Singur. It has also appealed Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee to accept the new compensation package. A statement was issued after both chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and commerce and industry minister Nirupam Sen told their Cabinet colleagues that Tatas were on the verge of a "pull out".

Significantly, although Singur issue was not on the agenda but it was discussed with a great deal of concern.

Emerging from the meeting, PWD minister Kshiti Goswami quoted the commerce and industry minister Nirupam Sen as saying, "Given by the present goings of the Tatas, it has become clear that there is no possibility of the Tatas Singur project taking off."

Truckloads of materials have started rolling out of the Singur Nano factory, a clear sign that Tata Motors is on an exit route from Bengal, Mr Goswami added.
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