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Start operations: WB Govt asks Tatas

While reassuring that no land would be taken out of Tata's Singur plant, the West Bengal Govt has asked the company to start operations at its small car manufacturing unit.

kolkata Updated: Sep 09, 2008 16:51 IST

West Bengal government has asked Tata Motors to start operations at its small car manufacturing unit and reassured that no land would be taken out of the company's main plant in Singur or from areas earmarked for its ancillary units for giving to land losers.

"We have assured the Tatas again that no land will be taken out of the project area and the state government wants Nano car to roll out from Singur," state Commerce and Industry Minister Nirupam Sen said in an interview to a private TV channel.

To a question Sen said, the government had never agreed to the opposition Trinamool Congress's demand made during the bilateral talks at Raj Bhavan on Sunday that it should part with the Tata small car project land to the land losers.

"We have agreed to explore the possibility of identifying and locating as much land available in the area for giving it to those affected by the land acquisition," he said adding there was a patch of land under the custody of West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation.

Expressing hope that opposition parties would appreciate the "gravity of the situation" if the Tatas pulled out of the project in view of the disruption, Sen said in the interview telecast on Tuesday "I appeal to all to facilitate the Tatas to restart the operations at the Singur plant peacefully and smoothly."

Responding to the anxiety expressed by the Tatas about the reported parting of land in the project area as claimed by the opposition after Sunday's talks, he exhorted the opposition not to campaign in a way which would prevent the Tatas from restarting work.