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Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Farmers in Sanand welcome Tata's Nano project

AHMEDABAD: Farmers in villages adjoining Gujarat's Sanand have welcomed Tatas' decision to relocate the Rs one lakh-Nano car project there and ap
peared ready to give their land for construction of approach roads to the site.

After scouting many sites in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, the Tatas decided to set up the project at Sanand, near here, where the state government will give 1,000 acres land from the Anand Agricultural University (AAU).

"We welcome Tatas for setting up their Nano car plant in the state. There is no trace of objection from farmers of the villages around the site," Bharatbhai Vaghela, a farmer of Kalana village which is near to the AAU farm said.

"Farmers are even ready to give their land for approach roads to the site of AAU," Vaghela said, adding this is good for the area and the state.

"I am glad to make the sacrifice of my land for the Tatas project," another farmer-turn-industrialist Ravubhai Vaghela, who holds substantial land in Khoda and Naranpur village from where the approach road to the site is likely to pass, said.

The new project site was finalised last evening and a Memorandum of Understanding (Mou) between the Tatas and state government will be signed later in the day.

The site, just 30 kms from city, will be an ideal place for the Tatas as it has close connectivity to National Highway-8 connecting Rajkot and Ahmedabad.

Tatas Nano project faced a lot of resistance from farmers in Singur in West Bengal.

Source : ET

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