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Bharat Heavy Electricals mulls power plant at Singur

Thursday, November 12, 2009 (18:23:20) Tags: India, business, BHEL Singur (West Bengal): Top officials of state-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) today inspected the abandoned site of Tata Motors here, initially intended for a factory to produce the small car Nano, to consider a power generation plant. The team was led by BHEL general manager S.C. Mittal. "We came here to inspect the site. BHEL general manager is with us," said West Bengal Power Development Corp managing director Debashis Sen after visiting the spot, some 40 km from Kolkata. Tata Motors abandoned the 997-acre site in October last year succumbing to the protest by peasants led by the state's principal opposition party Trinamool Congress, which demanded the return of 400 acres taken from farmers reportedly unwilling to part with their land. The company had planned to roll out Nano, the world's least expensive car, from the Singur site, but shifted operations to Gujarat's Sanand after the disturbances. However, the land is still in its possession. Tata Sons chairman Ratan Tata had earlier said if the state government compensated the company for developing the land; it was ready to return the land. (IANS)