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Singur: stir holds up work at Tata unit
Published on 25 Aug. 2008 11:54 PM IST
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Work at the Tata Motors small-car project here was affected on Monday with the majority of contract workers staying away, as a siege by Trinamool Congress cadres continued for the second day. “Attendance of the company officials was normal. But that of the contractual workers was less than normal,” a Tata Motors spokesman said. Already facing delay, the company has been racing against time to meet the October-December quarter-deadline to roll out its Rs 1-lakh car: Nano. The company is also facing cost overruns. Last week, Tata Sons chairman Ratan Tata threatened to take the project elsewhere despite investing Rs 1,500 crore in Singur if violence and work disruptions continued. Supporters of Trinamool Congress and other allies started gathering at the dharna site at the main gate since morning amidst massive police arrangement in and around the area. The agitation, however, remained peaceful and no one was allowed by the Trinamool leadership to go near the Tata Motors plant. The busy Durgapur expressway continued to be closed and traffic was diverted through the Delhi road and GT road, IGP (law and order) Raj Kanojia said in Kolkata. ( Watch ) “There’s a huge traffic snarl on NH-2 because of the Trinamool Congress agitation. Several long distance vehicles coming from other states were diverted,” Hooghly district police superintendent Rajiv Mishra said. He said the entire Durgapur expressway in Hooghly district was clogged due to the siege. “Many trucks had to stop before entering the district,” Mishra said. The Trinamool-led Krishijami Jiban Jibika Raksha Committee (KJJRC), which opposed the takeover of farmland for the Tata project, had called for an indefinite protest at the Nano factory site from Sunday. The protesters are demanding the return of 400 acres of land which they allege was forcibly taken from “unwilling farmers” to build ancillary industries adjacent to the Tata Motors’ main plant.

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