Kolkata, Sep 22: Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, the West Bengal Chief Minister on Sunday, Sep 21 appealed to all opposition parties in the state, who are demanding the return of 400 acres of land to farmers, to withdraw their protest against the Tata Motors' Nano project at Singur. He also said that any further delay in the Tatas will leave the state. On Monday, Sep 22 Tata Motors officially notified the government regarding this issue
"I urge all opposition parties to come forward and accept the new compensation package announced by the state government for Singur land losers. I also ask them to withdraw their protest against the Tata Motors small car project," Bhattacharjee said in a statement.
"If this stalemate continues further, the project would go out of our state," the chief minister added. 'Centre cannot intervene in Singur issue". The Bengal government had earlier announced a six-point package, advertised in newspapers Sep 14, which offered 70 acres from within the project area for families affected by the project. The compensation package also provides additional cash compensation of 50 per cent of the price originally offered for the land acquired.
The construction of Nano Plant in Singur by Tata Motors began two years ago to launch the Nano, the world's cheapest car at Rs.100,000. Sources said that the company has invested Rs 1500 crore in the project so far. But the project was staled after it faced stiff resistance from the opposition Trinamool Congress, who accused that the government had forcfully acquired land from farmers for the project.