BANGALORE: Singur may be simmering after the exit of Tata's Nano project. But Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa is gung ho on getting the project to Dharwad.
"We have already held two rounds of talks with top Tata executives on the issue. The talks so far have been encouraging," Yeddyurappa, who was in Dharwad on Saturday, told mediapersons. The chief minister said a team of Tata Motors officials would come to Bangalore on Monday to hold further talks with him.
Yeddyurappa said the state government would pull out all the stops to convince the Tatas that Dharwad is ideally suited for them to locate their Rs 1 lakh car unit.
Tatas already have a commercial and earthmoving vehicle manufacturing plant at Dharwad.
"I have personally invited Tata Group head Ratan Tata to take the talks to their logical conclusions. The Karnataka government is ready to provide not only adequate land, but even liberal tax concessions and incentives for them to set up the Nano unit at Dharwad," he said. The chief minister hoped that the Nano would also bring prosperity to the the backward northern Karnataka as it would give a big boost to industrialization in the region and generate huge employment opportunities, he stated. Meanwhile, medium and heavy industries minister Murugesh Nirani has rushed to Pune with a team of senior officials in his ministry to hold talks with Tata Motors Managing Director G Ravikanth to convince the group into moving their Nano unit to Dharwad.
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