Tata Motors to deliver 60,000 Nano by July 2010

Last Updated: Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 11:51

New Delhi: Country`s largest auto maker Tata
Motors will deliver up to 60,000 units of the Nano, which is
touted as the world`s cheapest car, by July 2010 while
remaining committed to handing over the first one lakh cars by
2010 once its mother plant in Sanand goes on stream.

Tata Motors chairman Ratan Tata said in the company`s
Annual Report for 2008-09 that 95 percent construction work
at the Singur plant was completed before the project was
"thwarted" by Trinamool Congress last year, forcing the
company to relocate it to Gujarat.

He said the new plant in Sanand is likely to be ready by
the end of this financial year. It would have an initial
production capacity of 2.5 lakh units per annum.

"In the meantime, the Nano is being produced in other
plant facilities so as to enable around 50,000-60,000 cars to
be available to customers over the next 12 months until the
main new facility in Gujarat comes on line," Tata told
shareholders in the report.

The company is currently manufacturing the car at its
Pantnagar facility, which has an annual capacity of 50,000

Meanwhile, a Tata Motors spokesperson said, "Once the
upcoming Sanand facility comes on line after completion of the
last quarter of this financial year, it will supplement
Pantnagar, completing the first 1,00,000 deliveries in
October-December 2010."

Referring to the violent agitation in Singur led by
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on land acquisition
issues, Tata said relocation of the Nano facility to another
state was the only option left.

"The company`s plans of spearheading industrial
investment in West Bengal by locating the manufacturing plant
for the Nano in the state was thwarted by a local political
party, citing injustice done to the residents of the area by
the state government in the acquisition of land for the
project," he said.

Praising the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for "an
impressive display of leadership and pragmatism", Tata said
all necessary approvals were received within just three days.

"The equipment from the plant in West Bengal, which was
95 percent complete, was dismantled and is being transported
to Gujarat," he added.

Conceived in 2003, the Nano project has cost over Rs
2,000 crore to the company. Tata Motors launched the car
on March 23 this year and delivered it to the first customer
last month.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 11:51

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