Nano to drive into Gujarat?

Even as the race to woo the prestigious Nano project hots up, it may well be a drive from Singur to Sanand in Ahmedabad district for the Tatas’ small car project.The Tatas have been offered land belonging to Gujarat Agricultural University (Anand) at Chharodi and Charal villages in Sanand taluka, about 25 km west of Ahmedabad. The land has emerged as the strongest contender in Gujarat for the Nano plant, even though locations at Mundra in Kutch, Maroli in Navsari, Prantij in Sabarkantha and Padra in Vadodara are also being considered.The nearly 2,200 acres of land under the GAU, which was gifted in 1899 by the British for setting up a cattle farm, is currently being used for cattle breeding and seed and crop cultivation. The otherwise isolated farm has lately been abuzz with activity, thanks to the frequent visits by top government officials accompanied by Tata’s land scouts. “Something is definitely cooking. In the past five days many government officials have visited the site for surveys,” an GAU employee at Chharodi said. Incidentally, construction work on nearly 250 acres of GAU land that had been allocated to Gujarat Livestock Development Board for putting up a veterinary complex is learnt to have been stalled, indicating that plans had changed. Even as the Gujarat government is playing its cards close to its chest, revenue department sources said Chharodi was on the verge of being finalised and an announcement was likely to be made shortly.Though minister of state for industries Saurabh Patel refused to comment, a senior government official said Gujarat’s principal secretary (industries) Gauri Kumar was directly in parleys with Tata Motors officials and had asked state revenue department to identify sites of over 1000 acres. However, sources said Tata’s scouts were finding Chharodi the most viable spot because of its locational advantages — proximity to ports like Kandla and Mundra, a big city like Ahmedabad and an engineering hub of Rajkot. Besides, being along the Delhi-Mumbai-Industrial Corridor will be a distinct advantage.

Advantage Ahmedabad: No acquisition problems as land is owned by Gujarat government Proximity to Rajkot, where 30% of Nano components are made

En route to major ports like Kandla and Mundra

Proximity to proposed Dholera port and Fedara airport

Part of upcoming DMIC’s Dholera SIR

Proximity to mega city Ahmedabad will be a big help for employees

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