Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat are working overtime to woo Tata Motors as its officials carried out site inspections for the Nano project after the company exited West Bengal.
Karnataka Industry Minister Murugesh Nirani was with a Tata Motors team, led by managing director G. Ravikant, when it visited three places in and around Hubli-Dharwad. The Tatas have a manufacturing facility in Dharwad.
The Belur Industrial area, Mummiatti and another area around the airport near Hubli are the sites on offer. The team also met Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa. “I have made an offer and assured them of all facilities, including land, water and power... Now it is for them to communicate,” he said. “I will also hold talks with Tata chairman Ratan Tata.”
The team then flew to Hyderabad to inspect two sites near the state capital hours after the state government announced a number of concessions under a new ultra-mega integrated automobile policy. Accompanied by revenue officials, the team visited Seetarampuram and Aluru villages in Ranga Reddy district. In Seetarampuram, the team was shown a 1,128-acre spread, while the government offered 1,240 acres in Aluru. Both sites are close to the new international airport.
In Seetarampuram, some farmers protested the proposed acquisition and said they wouldn't surrender land. The police had to intervene to allow the team to complete the inspection.
Pushing Gujarat’s case, CM Narendra Modi said there was no place for “red tapism in the state and it is only red carpet” for anyone wanting to set up shop.