Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: With Tata Motors deciding to shift its small car project out of Singur in West Bengal, Karnataka is eager to clinch it.

Top officials of Karnataka Industry and Finance Departments, led by Industries Minister Murugesh Rudrappa Nirani, will meet the top brass of Tata Motors in Dharwad on Sunday.

Mr. Nirani told The Hindu from Dharwad that Tata Motors team would be led by the Managing Director of the company Ravi Kanth and Executive Director P.G. Telang.

The State government team, including Chief Secretary Sudhakar Rao, Industries Commissioner Rajkumar Kathri, and the Principal Secretary, Department of Finance, M.R. Srinivasa Murthy, are in Dharwad.

“Government hopeful”

Mr. Nirani said the government was hopeful of the Tatas bringing the Nano car project to Karnataka.

Big boost

Mr. Nirani said: “It will be a big boost as Karnataka had all the required inputs for the Nano car project, including skilled labour, power, land and conditions to absorb large-scale investment in the industrial sector.”