Ratan Tata and his colleagues at Tata Motors may have sworn to secrecy but hectic activities at the company's Pantnagar plant in Uttarakhand suggest that Nano could drive out from here to meet the October deadline.
As the scene at Singur gets bleaker by the day, things have started happening at a frenzied pace at the 1000 acre plant in Pantnagar, where more manpower and machinery have started rolling in over the past weeks to manufacture nearly 50 units of Nano daily.
If sources working at the plant are to be believed, in the past week the number of engineers working at Pantnagar, which manufactures ACE mini trucks and MAGIC passenger vehicles, has doubled from 70 to nearly 150-all of whom are focusing their energies on Nano.
Don’t withdraw: WB to Tatas
The West Bengal cabinet on Thursday appealed to the Tata Motors not to withdraw the Nano project from Singur and assured help and cooperation for its implementation. The cabinet in a statement after the meeting, said the issue of the Nano project was not on the agenda for discussion, but due to request by ministers it was unanimously decided that the cabinet would appeal to the Tatas as well as to the opposition for implementation of the project. Trinamool Congress also said it was willing for further talks on Singur issue if Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi takes an initiative for this.
Issue licence, or we will withdraw: Geman company
German Consul General, Gunter Wehrmann warned on Thursday that if the West Bengal government does not issue the license of Metro Cash and Carry (MCC) then all German investments in the eastern region will stop flowing in. Wehrmann said: “The potential German investors are closely following the developments. If MCC is denied the license it will be the ‘death nail’ for all German investments in eastern India in the future”.
(With inputs from HTC Kolkata)