West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Thursday said that the industrial production of Tata's small car, Nano, will start in October.
Tata Motors Managing Director Ravi Kant had informed him last month that 75 per cent work of the car plant at Singur was completed and production of Nano would begin in October, the chief minister told the state assembly.
Buddhadeb cited the creation of employment of 6,000 people as the reason for his government's interest in the project and said more automobile companies will also come to the state.
The state government had wooed the Tatas to come to the state after lots of efforts, he said.
The chief minister rejected the opposition Trinamool Congress' demand for the return of land at Singur to farmers who are opposed to forced land acquisition.
"How will the government return the land?" he asked.
TC chief Mamata Banerjee had earlier demanded that the land totalling 400 acres should be returned to farmers who are opposed to forced land acqisition.