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Tatas stay put in Singur

Tata Motors has opted to wait and watch for sometime, amid hopes that the government of West Bengal would be able to get the protesters on board.

business Updated: Aug 27, 2008 01:17 IST
HT Correspondent

Days after Chairman Ratan Tata threatened to pull out of Singur, Tata Motors has opted to wait and watch for sometime, amid hopes that the government of West Bengal would be able to get the protesters on board.

A senior Tata Group official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the company has left it to the state government to resolve its differences with all such farmers who are protesting against “forceful” acquisition of land for the Nano project.

At the core of the dispute are some 400 acres of land that the protesters say has been acquired for the project without owners’ consent. Much of this land is intended for component and spare part manufacturers involved with the making of Nano.

The entire project would span over 997 acres.

On Tuesday, leaders from both sides – Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee – showed few signs of an immediate rapproachment.

But a person familiar with the development said the state government has offered to provide equivalent fertile land elsewhere in the region.

Meanwhile, dealers said they have not received any instruction from Tata Motors to stop work on Nano and that they were going ahead as was planned earlier.

"As of now we expect the car to be launched in October as planned. We have not heard anything to the contrary from the company yet," said an executive at Sanya Automobiles in Delhi.

Tata Motors has close to 300 dealerships across the country. The company is now supplying spare parts of Nano to customer care points attached to select dealerships, through which the company is going to sell the low-cost car.

"We are doing all the groundwork, supplying spare parts and training the dealers. We will be ready by October," said Vikram Sinha, head of customer support, passenger car business unit.