Tata Steel would go ahead with its Rs2,500-crore titanium
project in Tuticorin, in Tamil Nadu, despite opposition
due to "unruly elements and illegal mining"
in the area.
project is definitely on," said Tata Steel managing
director B Muthuraman.
said the previous AIADMK government failed to acquire
land for its titanium project in Tuticorin district although
the company had entered into a memorandum of understanding
with it for setting up the project as far back as 2002.
said the previous government could not acquire the land
due mainly to opposition from unruly elements. The project
did not take off as the then chief minister Jayalalithaa
did not clear the file on the project, he added.
want to do the project with the support of the people.
Almost three-fourth of the people in the area are supporting
the project. The remaining have some doubts. We will clear
the doubts in the minds of those people. We want to execute
the project because the people want it," he said.
am willing to have a debate with any cross-section of
the people about the project," Muthuraman said.
as things stand, the DMK government is also facing opposition
from its allies as well as opposition parties over the