Karnataka offers land to Tatas to set up Nano plant

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Kolkata, Sep 18 (UNI) As the Singur problem continued to simmer, Tata Motors today said Karnataka had offered the company land for its Nano car plant.

''Karnataka has offered 1,000 acres of land and all incentives for setting up the Nano plant in the state,'' a spokesperson of the company quoted Managing Director Ravi Kant as saying.

Mr.Kant had met the Karnataka Chief Minister in Bangalore during the day.

As the world's cheapest car is billed to roll out next month, Tata Motors announced suspension of work at its Singur plant on September two following a sustained agitation by the Trinamool Congress-led opposition demanding return of land to farmers.

The company had also said it was looking for alternative locations to relocate the plant.

However, the Tatas gave ample hint of its intention to resume work when it issued a statement supporting the West Bengal Government's improved rehabilitation package for farmers which was announced last week to blunt Trinamool leader Mamata Banerjee's 'land for land' demand.

While calling upon the opposition to accept the package and restore normalcy in Singur, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee also said yesterday that the Tatas were ''anxiously waiting to come back.'' UNI KDG ADG KLC RL VC1640

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