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How the 'Good-M' brought the Nano project to Gujarat
Maulik Pathak & Ashish Amin in New Delhi | October 10, 2008 10:36 IST
Last Updated: October 10, 2008 11:00 IST
By Monday evening, the buzz in Ahmedabad was unmistakable.
The next day, a beaming Modi along with Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata announced at Gandhinagar that the Rs 1-lakh people's car will be made at Sanand, not far from the state capital. The day also marked Modi completing seven years in office.
Much before things took an unexpected turn at Singur in West Bengal, Modi had first suggested Ratan Tata during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in January 2007 to move out of Singur and shift to Gujarat.
After the first round of talks with Mamta Banerjee failed and Tata threatened to pull out of Singur, Modi was the first chief minister to roll out a red carpet for the Nano project.
Only too aware that several other states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and Maharashtra were going all out to bag the project, Modi set the Gujarat state machinery to work at full throttle.
Four locations including Sanand, Naliya, Mundra and Savli were shortlisted by the state for the Nano project. A team from Tata Motors visited the sites and prepared a detailed report.
Sanand, which is about 20 km from Ahmedabad, emerged as the most favourable location for Tata Motors. Incidentally, it falls on the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and will fetch more sops compared to other locations.
"Aapde ahiya na chiye ane aapde ahiya paachaa aavya (We belong here and so we have come back here)," Tata further said.
"Many countries in the world had come forward and welcomed Tata to set up the Nano project. It would have been really unfortunate if Nano had gone out of India," Modi said after the relocation was made public.
Now that the Nano project has come to Sanand, the chief minister is now looking at making Gujarat the automobile hub of the country.
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