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Tatas refuse to resume work at Nano plant
KOLKATA, AUG 30 (AGENCIES):
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Published on 31 Aug. 2008 12:10 AM IST
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Tata Motors’ plans to roll out the world’s cheapest car Nano from Singur in West Bengal continued to face trouble, with its workers not attending work at the factory for the second day running on Saturday. “Our workers are not attending work today (Saturday),” Tata Motors said in a statement in Kolkata, as Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s indefinite protest at the Nano factory site in Singur entered the seventh day. There was no work at the small car factory, about 40 km from here, on Friday too as the company expressed concern about the safety of its employees. More than 600 engineers and executives of the company remained trapped for three hours inside the factory on Thursday evening as the protesters, led by farmer leader Anuradha Talwar, squatted near the factory gate on the Durgapur Expressway, preventing them from leaving. Speaking to Times Now, spokesperson of TATA Motors said, “We are assessing the situation. But one thing is for certain that we will not risk the safety of our employees.” “There has been no improvement in the ground situation so far, hence the conditions are still not conducive for resuming work today (Saturday),” he added. On Thursday, the company had said the agitation, which has led to a fall in the attendance of contract labourers due to threats to workers, was “having an effect on the deadlines of the project”. Nano, priced at Rs 100,000, is set to roll out from the Tata Motors’ stable in October. Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata had last week warned that he may consider pulling out of the state in view of the constant unrest the project has been facing over land acquisition.

 
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