The Tatas have been consistent with their stand. At the 2009 annual general meeting (AGM) held in Mumbai, Ratan Tata had clarified that it was open to the idea of moving back to Singur even when the company's plant had started manufacturing operations in Gujarat. He had also clarified then that it was not interested in building the plant on a portion of the 997 acres, and instead was keen on getting the entire plot.
During the same AGM, Tata stated, if any party was interested (in buying/transferring the lease), they would do so, with government approval. “Even if the government had an interested party, we are willing to sell it to them too,” said Tata and added he did not expect to see any loss with its sale.
Image: The interior of the Tata Motors' plant in Singur in West Bengal