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Why Singur fears Tatas' likely exit

September 26, 2008

Text: Namrata Acharya & Pradeep Gooptu

Till about two years ago, Amar Ghosh, a property dealer in Singur, had his phone lines busy with calls from property websites, big industrialists as well as small-time speculators interested in buying land near Tata Motors' small call factory site.

These days, a query for land in Singur would be a surprise for Ghosh.

Even the websites have stopped updating land price information on the area, he laments. His advertisements for sale of 550 acre in Singur did not evoke a single response in the last two months.

In contrast, Ghosh had brokered sale of 250 acres in the last two years.

Image: A villager walks past a Trinamool Congress slogan written in Bengali which says 'We don't need motor car, but rice cooking pot' displayed outside the Tata small car plant at Singur | Photograph: Deshakalyan Chowdhury/AFP/Getty Images

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