Work at Nano plant in Singur on standstill

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Singur, Aug 29: As the Mamata's agitation for Singur farmers enters sixth day, the situation is worsening, to say the least. Work at the Nano car plant in Singur has come to a virtual standstill. According to the latest reports, the protesters in Singur have warned Tata employees against coming to work on Friday, Aug 29, adding to Buddhadeb's woes.

In the last five days, Tata Motor employees have been turning up in strength. It is the labourers who have had trouble coming in. On a normal day, around 3,500-4,000 workers are engaged at work in the mother plant and at the vendor park. But on Thursday, Aug 28 the attendance of contractual workers fell below Wednesday, Aug 27 level of around 15 per cent.

According to information gathered from Singur, supporters of the Trinamool Congress and those opposed to the project were intimidating workers engaged in the mother plant and in the vendor park. Some of them were being physically prevented from entering their designated work areas.

700 workers stranded on Thursday, Aug 28

For the first time, a convoy of 40-45 cars and buses carrying employees of Tata Motors was prevented from leaving the plant site after their work schedules were over. A blockade was put up outside Gate No 2 of the vendor park through which all vehicular movement has been taking place.

After the violent fall-out of last six days, there ia worry in the industry about deadline for Tata Nano. Asked if the disruption in work would force Tata Motors to push back the deadline fixed for the rollout of the Nano, an official spokesperson of Tata Motors said from Mumbai: “We have not issued any official statement to this effect".

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