Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has invited Tata Motors Chairman Ratan Tata to set up the 'Nano' small car project in the state if it decides to move out from West Bengal, where it is mired in controversy.
"The Tatas will be accorded red carpet welcome to set up the project in Maharashtra and will be given land and necessary facilities," Deshmukh said in a statement in Mumbai on Saturday.
The Maharashtra government's offer comes a day after Tata threatened to exit from the small car project at Singur if violence and disruption continued.
Incidentally, the West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had offered help to Videocon Chairman V N Dhoot in setting up the company's TFT-LCD project in his state, after Maharashtra Revenue Minister Narayan Rane objected to allot land for the plant near Mumbai.
The Singur plant, which has already seen an investment of Rs 1,500 crore, will manufacture the world's cheapest car that Tata had promised to bring in the market by the year-end.