A year after Tata Motors exited its Nano car project from Singur in West Bengal, the state government has taken the initiative to set up a power plant there and asked Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) to make a feasibility study for the same.
BHEL sources told PTI that “a proposal for a power plant was sent by state-owned PSU West Bengal Power Development Corporation Ltd (WBPDCL) about two months ago.”
A source said, “We made a preliminary visit to Singur and asked for a detailed drawing of the site.”
WBPDCL Managing Director D. Sen said, “We are going to submit a report to Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Thursday regarding the proposed power project.”
A five-member team paid a visit to the 997 acre Tata Nano project site. It included BHEL GM (marketing) S. C. Mittal and WBPDCL Managing Director D. Sen.
Tata Sons Chairman Ratan Tata had earlier said that if the state government paid compensation, the Tatas were ready to return the leased land.
The project was kept under wraps in the government and even WBPDCL directors did not know about it.
“We have no knowledge about the project,” an executive director said when contacted.