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...Hello Pantnagar?

india Updated: Sep 25, 2008 01:24 IST
Anupam Trivedi, Deep Joshi
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Will West Bengal’s loss be Uttarakhand’s gain? There’s a buzz in the Pantnagar plant of Tata Motors that equipment from Singur is being shifted here.

While Tata officials are tightlipped, Uttarakhand government stated that executives from the company would meet senior bureaucrats at the state capital on Thursday to discuss various issues. No details are out as yet on the agenda of the meeting.

According to locals at Pantnagar, increased activity has been witnessed at the plant where Tata manufactures its ACE mini trucks and MAGIC passenger vehicles and outsiders have been barred from venturing near the gates.

“In the past few days, there has been a lot of activity in the plant and we have heard that assembling of Nano has already started and some units are ready for the October deadline,” said a local resident.

Chief Secretary Indu Kumar Pande welcomed the possibility of Nano project coming to Uttarakhand as it would create ample job opportunities for locals.

“We haven’t received any official communication from Tatas regarding their intention to produce Nano from Uttarakhand”, Pande said. Tata executives would be calling on Industrial department officials on Thursday.

“The officials are coming on Thursday but meeting is all about their old issues”, said P.C. Sharma, Principal Secretary Industries.