Tatas could face Singur in Pantnagar as farmers oppose

Pantnagar, Sep 26 | Updated: Sep 28 2008, 03:57am hrs
The Tatas reported plan to roll out its cheap passenger car from here faces turbulence as another Singur appears to be in the offing with a group of farmers planning an agitation against giving more land to the company for the Nano car project.

On Tata Motors proposed plan to manufacture Nano car here, a member of the Kisan Kisani Abhiyaan Hanif Gandhi said farmers will launch a movement on the lines of Chipko movement if Uttarakhand government provided any more land to the company.

The Tatas already have a vehicle manufacturing plant here covering 1000 acres.

Gandhi said the government has already given 1000 acres of fertile land to the Tatas for setting up a plant here on a low lease.

He said farmers across the country were not happy with giving fertile land to industrial units.

If the situation is not dealt with seriously, the country will have to face a shortage of food materials in the near future, he said. Tatas had asked for additional 100 acres of land in Pantnagar to build residential colonies.

On this demand, State Agriculture Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had earlier said not even one inch of extra land would be given to the company.