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States spread red carpet to Tata's Nano

business Updated: Aug 23, 2008 19:12 IST

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Tata Motors on Saturday received open offers from a couple of states and hints from another to move its plant to manufacture the world's cheapest car Nano to their region, a day after Ratan Tata's threat to quit West Bengal following violence at the current project site.

Maharashtra and Punjab invited Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata to consider moving the plant to their states, while Orissa, where group company Tata Steel has suffered violence similar to that in Singur, said that it welcomed industrial projects as they created new jobs.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said the Tatas will be accorded red carpet welcome to set up the project in the state and will be given land and necessary facilities, which was followed by a similar offer from Punjab.

Tatas had earlier chosen West Bengal rejecting several offers, including one from Punjab. But its project in Singur has since faced resistance from locals led by political parties led by the Trinamool Congress.

The Congress party in West Bengal too has accused the Left front government in the state of not ensuring adequate compensation to farmers, whose land had been acquired for the car project.

Reacting to Group Chairman Ratan Tata's threat to exit Singur if violence continued at the site, senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee today said: "It is for the individual industrialists to decide where they want to set up their industry."

Accusing the West Bengal government of not taking the farmers into confidence over their various demands, a Congress spokesman also justified the Trinamool Congress agitation over the project.