Kolkata: The chances of a Nano factory coming up in Singur are looking increasingly bleak. The West Bengal government has said it is impossible to spare 300 acres from inside the factory area.
The government has argued that to keep the cost of the car down the project has to be integrated and the mother plant has to be adjacent to the ancillary units. Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said there is very little land that can be spared.
“It has be an integrated plant. They cannot possibly be separated,” Bhattacharjee said.
However, it's a logic which Trinamool Congress and her 21 party block are unwilling to buy.
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is still insisting that 300 acres would have to be made available to farmers who have lost their land, which is now within the factory walls. She believes the Tatas are being gifted additional land that is not essential to the project.
“There are many farmers who have not been compensated. The total land they should get back is 400 acres,” Mamata said.
Meanwhile, with the hardening of stance on either side, the government doesn't want any mediation from Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
“I thank the Governor for what he has done,” Bhattacharjee said while explaining that Gandhi will not negotiate in the matter now.
But Mamata believed that the Governor's impartial office could be used to resolve the stalemate. She wants the Chief Minister to let him negotiate with both parties.
“Before the governor comes back the government is saying that he isn’t required for negotiations. This is very insulting,” Mamata said.
Initially, it was being presumed that Singur would be delayed and the first Nano would roll out from some other Tata factory. Now it appears that Singur might lose the project completely.