'We have not yet been contacted by UK govt on Teeside plants'



`We have not yet been contacted by UK govt on Teeside plants` New Delhi: Tata Group on Tuesday said the British government has not yet contacted it on the possible options to avoid closure of Corus steel plants in Teeside that could result in 1700 jobs losses.

"We haven't heard anything from the British Government so far. There is some political activity in England to keep it (the plant) going. As far as I know we have not been contacted by the British Government," Tata Sons Director J J Irani told PTI on Tuesday.

Due to mounting losses, last May Tata Steel Europe announced suspension of some of the facilities belonging to Corus' Teeside Cast Products business in northeast England.

Fearing 1,700 people would be jobless, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on the New Year even promised to talk to Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata as a last ditch effort to the closure.

"Everybody hopes that it will not be shut down but it is matter of market dynamics. We cannot continue losing hundreds of millions of pounds to keep the plants going," Irani said.

Tatas plan to mothball the plant by end of this month. "It will be (re-)started at a future date. The plant is not going to be dismantled or sold or anything like that, it will be mothballed," Irani said.

Tatas in 2007 had acquired Corus for 6.2 billion pounds.

PTI