The head of India's Tata Motors says the company still plans
to launch the world's cheapest car as soon as possible, despite fierce protests
against its work at a factory in West Bengal state.
Chairman Ratan Tata told participants at an industry meeting in New Delhi on Thursday
that the company will do everything possible to launch the "Nano"
car as planned. He said the company aims to come close to the originally
scheduled rollout date of October.
Tata made the comments as the governor of India's West Bengal state, Gopalkrishna
Gandhi met with opposition party members in a bid to end protests at the
The auto-maker suspended work this week at its Singhur factory in West
Bengal, where supporters of the plant clashed Wednesday with protesters.
The protesters say farmers in the area were not fairly compensated for the land
Tata is using for the factory.
Tuesday, the auto-maker announced it was planning to relocate the plant away
from West Bengal because of continued confrontation and agitation at the site.
Wednesday, police said a man with two sons who worked at the factory committed
Meanwhile, hundreds of information technology workers marched with
black cloths over their mouths in West Bengal's capital, Kolkata, in support of
The factory was set to produce Tata's new "Nano" cars, which are
priced at just 25-hundred-dollars.