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People of Bengal want Nano project: Minister
August 22, 2008 16:45 IST
Last Updated: August 22, 2008 17:12 IST
The people of West Bengal wanted the Tata Motors [Get Quote] small car project at Singur and the state government was hopeful about it, West Bengal Industry Minister Nirupam Sen said on Friday.
"You told me and I heard it. Now you decide," was the initial reaction of Sen when reporters asked him about Ratan Tata's statement that Tata Motors would pull out if the violence and agitation continued at Singur.
He said that the people of the state wanted the Nano car project and Tata also knew it.
The industry minister said the small car project could not come up if 400 acre was returned as demanded by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.
Sen, who had discussed the Singur project with Tata in Kolkata on Thursday night, said that the state government wanted to work out a solution and was was open for talks to find out an acceptable solution.
Appealing to Trinamool Congress, he said, "Let us work together and identify those families who might be facing hardship after losing their land at Singur. The state government is ready to provide them alternative livelihood."
"I also told the Tatas to come forward in this respect and they have agreed," the minister said.
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