Kolkata, Sep 24: Tatas seems to be bidding adieu to Singur. Sources have reported that truck loads of material such as dies and fixtures unique to Nano are being moved out of Kolkata. According to government officials, the beating up of two security guards at the plant on Monday, Sep 22 night might have made the Tatas to take this decision.
Even Chief Minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Industries Minister Nirupam Sen and Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi have given up the hopes of retaining Tatas in Kolkata.
"The possibility of the small car factory coming up in Singur is becoming remote by the day," Sen said in Delhi.
However, Mamata Banerjee has plans of deepening the issue by making it a political issue in the coming Lok Sabha polls.
Sources said, "Tata engineers had dismantled dies and other 'key fixtures unique to the Nano' from Singur and started moving them to an undisclosed location a few days back. Pending a final decision, the company could either roll out its first Nano from its Pantnagar or its Pune facility."
The Rs 1 lakh car was scheduled to hit the road in October and Tata wants to stick to that deadline. But as an official said, the situation in Singur was not conducive enough.
It is not only the Tatas who are frustrated with Mamata's obstinate stand, but her own colleagues are fed up with her. "I am fed up. Let the Tatas do whatever they want. The war of nerves is getting too much," a senior Trinamool leader said.
The rumblings, however, make no difference to Mamata. Her eyes are fixed on Writers' Buildings, and not the small car factory.