Tata Motors cautions Govt against going back on commitment

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Kolkata, Sep 9 (UNI) Tata Motors Ltd again cautioned the West Bengal Government against going back on its commitment to keep intact the integrated nature of the Nano project at Singur comprising the mother plant and the vendor park.

In a letter to the State Government, Tata Motors Managing Director Ravi Kant said the company had noted the clarification that the Government would maintain the integrated nature of the auto cluster.

''Therefore, the government should not take any step in future which may disturb this arrangement and understanding agreed upon earlier,'' he said.

Industry Minister Nirupam Sen quoted to reporters parts of the letter which said, ''TML would like to be clearly told about those future agreements and understanding which will go against our arrangement and would not honour those commitment.'' The TML MD's letter came in reply to Mr Sen's that sought to dispel the confusion of the company on the clarity of the outcome of the conciliatory meeting between the Government and the Trinamool Congress-led Opposition on Sunday.

Shattering the euphoria of the outcome of the meeting, Tata Motors announced yesterday to continue the suspension of construction and commissioning work at its small car project even as Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee called off her indefinite dharna near the project site.

Expressing its 'distress at the limited clarity' of the outcome of the discussions, the company said it would review its 'stated position' only if the viability of the project was not impinged and the integral nature of the mother plant and our ancillary units were maintained.

Meanwhile, the first meeting of the four-member committee, set up to identify land for rehabilitation of the Singur land losers was held during the day.

''The discussions have been in a very friendly and positive atmosphere. The Trinamool representatives in the committee have raised their demands of returning maximum land from within the project area. We have raised our points relating to technical problems in doing that. I am hopeful of a final positive outcome,'' the Industry Minister said.

The committee members, comprising two Trinamool leaders and as many Government representatives, would visit the project site tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee reiterated that the agreement with the state Government was on providing maximum land from within the project areas. ''This is a gentleman's agreement and no one can breach that,'' she said.

Trinamool Congress MLA Rabindranath Bhattacharjee, one of the members of the committee, told reporters after the meeting that they had sought 300 acres of land from within the project area.


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