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Ratan Tata addressed the press in Kolkata

autos Updated: Aug 22, 2008 21:58 IST
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On leaving West Bengal (WB)

It is for the people of WB and Calcutta to decide whether we are going to be an unwanted resident or a good corporate citizen of WB, and if it is the latter, other hand, there is a view that for various political reasons that we should not be here, or what are trying to do should be altered, which it cannot be, then we would necessarily face an issue, very reluctantly where we would need to move.

On investments made

If anybody is under the impression that we have made this large investment of about Rs 1,500 crore, and it is not a hypocritical investment, and because of this investment we would not move, they are wrong. We would move, whatever the cost to protect our people.

On reasons for moving

I can't bring our managers and their families to WB if they are going to be beaten, if there is violence constantly. If their children are going to be afraid to go to school, and I am sure that is not what WB is.

On low price and location

We were looking at a unique product with a very low cost. We wanted it to be a consolidated company with its ancillary suppliers incorporated in the same location. Logistics and component cost are the major part of any car. We were trying to produce a car that has never been tried before in the world. At that kind of price.

On problems faced by Tata Motors

Our compound walls have been broken, hordes of people are coming in, materials are being stolen. We can't build and operate a plant under police protection. If that is the way it is to be before we start, we can imagine our concern on what will happen once we start to operate.

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