AHMEDABAD: Tata Motors started commercial production of the world’s cheapest car, Nano, at Sanand near here on Wednesday.
Phet struck the venue barely two hours after Tata Group chairperson Ratan Tata and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Rs 2,000-crore plant, forcing the company to cancel a press conference and the start of Nano Superdrive cross-country rally.
But team Tata Motors was happy. “We (Nano) were homeless just over a year ago until Modi offered us shelter and let the dream happen,” said Ravi Kant, MD of Tata Motors.
A huge sign screaming ‘Attitude Makes The Difference’ inside the final assembly line bared the company’s team spirit that made it possible to build the plant in record time.
And it owes a lot to the state’s full support in everything from land acquisition to getting all the clearances.
While expressing his gratitude to the chief minister, Mr Tata promised to surprise him with more investments in the state.
“One would be stupid to not be in Gujarat,” he said, adding that it was a mistake that he did not make any investment in the state after Tata Chemicals set up in the 1940s. “But then, Nano happened.” Mr Modi said the cost of bringing the multi-crore plant to the state was just one rupee.
“It was just one Re 1 SMS from me to Ravi Kant saying ‘Welcome to Gujarat’ that did the trick,” he said.
The chief minister said he never wooed Tatas to come to Gujarat until there were murmurs of other countries trying to welcome the project.