Burying the ghost of Singur, various Tata Group companies Monday said they had no problem with the Mamata Banerjee government and would soon expand many of their existing projects in the state. Senior executives of five Tata Group companies, who held a meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, also heaped praises on the state government.
“Forget the issues of the past and target the future,” Rana Sinha, managing director of Tata Hitachi, said. He was responding to a media query on the “bitter experience” of shifting of the Tata Nano car plant from Singur in 2008.
In September 2008 during the previous Left Front regime, the Tatas left Singur in West Bengal and set up Tata Nano car plant at Sanand in Gujarat following an agitation by the Trinamool Congress, which was in the opposition then, over “forceful” acquisition of land in the area. A case regarding this is now pending in the Supreme Court.
Singur issue was not in the agenda of the meeting, Tata Steel Processing and Distribution Ltd MD Sandipan Chakraborty said.
Chakraborty said Mamata asked them if they were facing any problems and how the state government could assist them to overcome them. “Such an interaction with the CM is unprecedented. The meeting was positive, optimistic and fruitful,” Chakraborty, former MD of Tata Ryerson, said.
Talking to the media after the meeting, Tata Metaliks MD Sanjiv Paul said his company was all set to invest Rs 1500 crore creating employment opportunity for about 2,500 people.
Metaljunction MD & CEO Viresh Oberoi, also the Chairman of the CII Eastern Region, said the Chief Minister asked him to take care of some tea gardens in north Bengal.
After the 90-minute long meeting, state Finance and Industry Minister Amit Mitra told reporters that Tata Group was keen on expanding many of their existing projects in the state creating more employment opportunities. Though no Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) executive was present at the meeting, Mitra said TCS CEO and MD N Chandrasekaran wrote to him about its expansion plan.