Living in london and being Indian at heart, it was amazing and proud to see Tata’s Nano everywhere on global news as the world’s most affordable car by a motor giant in India.
Then came news of the land row in West Bengal, where Nano’s production was stopped by the likes of Mamta Banerjee. To be honest, it was a great shock, and knowing what India is like, a world famous project was about to be ruined. People were offered good money for their lands, and to be honest, many of those land owners still wouldn’t know what transpired. It was a bloody political gimmick. Wasn’t it?
Ultimately, it’s good, no great! to know that the production will happen in Chief minister Modi’s state Gujarat at Sanand near Ahmedabad. This will be a 2,000 crore project and i still can’t believe those people in West Bengal who didn’t see what effect this would’ve had on their local economies with generation of jobs, infrastructure etc.
Tatas have still kept the price a secret although the Nano is being hailed as the 1 lakh rupee car.
“This is an extremely momentous and happy day for us because we have been through a rather sad experience from a small quarter of residents of West Bengal despite the state government’s efforts,” Ratan Tata (Chief of Tata motors) said a few hours ago.
The project will span 1,100 acres of land and its speedy allocation has been promised by the Gujarat government.
Modi, as usual delivered a senti speech welcoming the Tatas saying “This is a new chapter betweeen Gujarat and the Tatas”. etc. Who wants to know!
The facility in Gujarat will churn out 2.5 to 3 lakh cars a year, incremental to about 5 lakh cars a year. Not too many, considering the Indian population of 1 billion. Well, I guess if you’re looking to get a Nano, better watch out and book in time. 🙂
I feel happy for our economy car Nano and for India today. Another landmark!